16 PLATEAU LAWMAKERS VOW TO SUPPORT CONSENSUS CANDIDATE AGAINST JANG
Sixteen members of the 24 members of Plateau House of Assembly as well as seven aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have vowed to support any consensus candidate to challenge Governor Jang in the primaries of the party in the state.
Addressing party supporters at the formal declaration of Mrs. Pauline Tallen for the governorship seat of the state, the 16 members led by the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Baba Hassan said they were all in support of a consensus candidate among the eight persons who had indicated interest in the governorship seat in PDP and charged all the aspirants to work in harmony because all eyes were on them.
The members who spoke one after the other said they were ready to submit their constituency to whoever emerged as the candidate because of their desire to bring change to Plateau State and because they agreed with the slogan that 'change is possible in the state'.
Alhaji Hassan told the large crowd which include the deputy governor of Bauchi State, the wife of the governor of Gombe State, Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, former speakers and commissioners in Plateau State, senatorial aspirants in the state, that the presence of 16 of them clearly indicated that Plateau State needs a change of leadership.
Former Ambassador to Kenya and kingpin of PDP in the state, Sir Fidelis Tapgun reiterated that despite all that had happened in the past few weeks, the congress of the party must hold before the next election. He said those peddling the news that congress would no longer hold in the state were only afraid of defeat.
Ambassador Tapgun who is also a governorship aspirant reiterated that the congress would provide opportunity for Plateau citizens to choose the leaders of their choice, stating that time had come for a change to be effected in the state and the people must not miss the opportunity.
All the other aspirants who spoke include, former Minister Damishi Sango, Chief Jimmy Cheto; Dr. Danladi Atu, among others. In her address, Mrs. Pauline Tallen stated that in her reconciliatory plan for the state, the Jos Main Market would be rebuilt, free primary school education would be introduced and she would run an all inclusive government.