Plateau Guber: Battle for Consensus Candidate Tear Apart Politicians Opposing Jang’s Anointed SuccessorFeatured, Latest News, News From The State Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Agabus Pwanagba, Jos
Barely two weeks to the governorship primaries of the PDP, a group, Equity and Justice Forum founded by a former PDP Chairman in Plateau State Prof. Dakum Shown appears to be in a state of quandary.
The group is the umbrella body for aggrieved politicians who are against the choice of Governor Jonah Jang’s anointed candidate, Sen.Gyang Pwajok for the 2015 governorship polls.
The disagreement appears to be stemming from the efforts of the group to pick a consensus candidate from the Southern Senatorial Zone to challenge Sen.Gyang Pwajok in the forth coming primaries.
AFRICAN EXAMINER gathered that the leadership of the forum met with all the 7 aspirants from the Southern Senatorial zone, and advised some of them to drop their ambitions in support of the ideas of a consensus candidate.
A reliable source close to the meeting said that the idea was for all the 7 aspirants to unite behind one person who would then challenge Senator Pwajok.
The source further confirmed that some of the aspirants however rejected the idea of dropping their ambition, accusing the leadership of the Equity and Justice Forum of taking sides and acting on behalf of a particular candidate, even as they threatened to continue their ambition independent of the Prof. Dakum Shown led forum.
The aspirants who met with the leadership of the Equity and Justice Forum in Jos, included Deputy governor Ignatius Longjan, former Governor Fidelis Tapgun, former Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund, (ITF), Prof Longmas Wapmut, Senator Victor Lar, Architect John Alkali, Engr. Jimmy Cheto and Godfrey Oman Miri.
However a close confidant of one of the aspirants told our correspondent that his boss was keeping an open mind about the consensus situation, but that they do not trust the body language of the leadership of the Equity and Justice Forum.
His words, “We can already sense foul play in the process, we know that these people are playing the script of one of these candidates (whom we know), to facilitate his emergence, but we shall resist that vehemently.”
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