Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the aegis of the Plateau Peace Practioners Network, has advised governorship candidates in the state to include good governance in their electioneering.
The organisations gave the charge at a colloquium they organised on Thursday in Jos. Speaking at the event, Mr Jacob Pwakim, chairman of the network, said that the colloquium aimed at creating a platform for citizens to engage the candidates.
Pwakim, who said that PPPN is a conglomerate of civil society organisations working on peace- building in the state, explained that the event was first of its kind in the history of the network.
The chairman also tasked the candidates that whoever emerged after the 2023 general elections, should commit more resources and efforts toward promoting peace in state ”We have decided to put this together to create the a platform to engage the governorship candidates on good governance.
”It is a platform for the candidates to tell the public what they have in stock for the people and to create strong synergy with the organisations in the state.
”As a network, we want to strongly advised whoever among you that becomes the governor to adequately fund the state’s Peace Building Agency (PPBA) established by the current administration ”We want to also advise that the next governor should leverage the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative of the current administration in spending public funds,” he said.
Pwakim maintained that the OGP would curtail incidences of corruption and misappropriation of public funds, that mostly lands the chief executives into trouble after office.
The chairman further advised the incoming governor to support both local and international organisations in the state and urged that modalities should be put in place to attract grants to the state.
Speaking at the event, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thanked the network for providing them the platform to reel out their manifestos to the public.
Mutfwang promised to commit reasonable resources and commitment toward addressing ongoing violent conflicts in the state.
Also, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that he would deploy modern technology to fight insecurity in the state.
Similarly, Mr Samuel Abashe, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), promised to improve on the early warning and early response system to end the circle of violence in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that reprsentatives of candidates of Action Democratic Party (ADC) and National Rescue Movement (NRM), also attended the colloquium.
Mr Caleb Mutfwang, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate in Plateau says he will complete work on the Jos Township Stadium abandoned more than 32 years ago if elected in 2023. He also promised to make sports a big business in the state if given the mandate.
Mutfwang made the pledges on Sunday at the finals of the Diye, Dadinkowa Zaramaganda (DDZ) All Stars 2022 football tournament.
The governorship said he would ensure the right investment in sports so as to productively engage the youths.
According to him, sports is money spinning venture that can empower youths and generate huge revenues for the state.
“The Zaria Road Ultra-modern Stadium will be my priority because it has every sports facility ranging from football to volleyball.
“The foundation for the stadium was about 32 years and the last PDP administration is the administration that took it to the level that it is today.
“By the grace of God, if PDP comes into power, we intend to complete what we started.
“Apart from the revenue aspect, sports will provide an avenue for the abundant talents on the Plateau to thrive and help in our efforts to unite the people and promote peace and peaceful co-existence,’’ he said.
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate, Mr Pam Botmang, said the incoming APC administration would give special attention to youths in the state.
Botmang encouraged youths to avoid behaviours or habits that could damage their future.
The deputy governorship candidate said that next administration would dedicate 10 per cent of the state’s internally generated revenue for vulnerable groups which youths were part of.
He said that apart from other empowerment initiatives, the funds would be used for the promotion of sports.
Also speaking at the occasion, Mr Gideon Danderemg, Chairman, Jos South Local Government, commended the organisers for putting together the tournament which he said had further united the people of the area.
Dandereng who was represented by Mr Simon Dunkat, Leader, Jos South Legislative Arm, promised to continue to prioritise sporting activities in the area.
The tournament usually holds during the summer break of European football leagues, especially the English Premier League to unite Plateau people and to also assist the young.
The organisers paid the National Common Entrance Examination fees of 15 pupils of RCM Primary School where the competition held, the Chairman, DDZ All Stars 2022 Tournament, Chief Isaac Ejiga said Teams that participated in the competition adopted the names of Nigeria Professional Football Leagues sides.
Akwa United emerged overall winner by beating Kwara United 2-0 while Rivers United finished third.
This year’s tournament was the sixth in the series.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, has received royal blessings from Miskaham Mwagavul, John Hirse, and members of Mangu Traditional Council.
Mutfwang was at the palace of the traditional ruler to inform him of his success in the PDP governorship primaries.
Hirse prayed God to bless and protect the governorship candidate as he sought to serve the people of Plateau.
“Your victory is from God and he will be with you and ensure that you win the secondary election.
“You and your supporters must not insult anyone as you go about your campaigns, rather let the people know what you intend to do for them if elected,” he advised.
Mutfwang, who is the former chairman of Mangu Local Government, told the ruler that he was home to seek his royal blessings, having won PDP governorship primaries.
The PDP candidate said he was elated with the warm reception by the traditional council and the people of Mangu.
He said that the large turnout was clear sign of his acceptability by his people.
Mutfwang assured the people that if elected, he would entrench good governance that the people had been yearning for.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mutfwang was accompanied on the home coming by his running mate Ngo Josephine Piyo and his wife.
Others were governorship aspirants who contested with him, PDP North Central Vice Chairman, Mr Theophilus Dakas-shan, Plateau PDP Chairman, Mr Chris Hassan, and the immediate past State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Letep Dabang.
The governorship candidate was also accompanied by former and serving members of the National and State Assemblies as well as PDP candidates in the 2023 general elections among others.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain in Plateau Mr Gyang Zi has enjoined the electorate in the state to vote the party’s governorship candidate – Mr Caleb Mutfwang- in the 2023 general elections for transformation, peace and effective security.
Zi, a legal luminary, philanthropist and the principal partner of Gyang Zi & Co. Knight’s Firm, made this call in a statement issued in Jos on Sunday.
“Give Mutfwang the support that will ensure his victory at the main election for the state to witness transformation and development” he wooed the electorate.
He said that the emergence of Mutfwang as the Plateau PDP governorship candidate was the best decision by the delegates to return the state to the path of virile development plans.
“Mutfwang is prepared, equipped, experienced and ready to unite the people of the state and take the state to the path of greatness.
“Beside this, he possesses the competence, capacity and the charisma needed to pilot the affairs of the state.
“Since PDP left power in 2015, there has been search for someone who will work towards regaining the lost glory of the state.
“I can say without reservation that we have got the right person in Mutfwang.
“The Sen. Jonah Jang administration witnessed gigantic infrastructural Intervention and unprecedented development that ought to be sustained by a good administrator like Mutfwang”, he observed.
According to him, Mutfwang is a bridge builder, a humble personality and a good listener who will carry along every segment of the society, irrespective of ethnicity, religion and social inclination.
He also said that Mutfwang had sacrificed so much to Plateau and PDP and he ought to be given the chance in 2023.
According to Zi, Plateau is in dire need of a competent, credible and visionary leader like Mutfwang, who will overcome the numerous challenges bedevilling the state such as insecurity, economic hardship and infrastructural decay.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Plateau, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, has urged youths and other people to register and get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to elect him.Mutfwang made the plea in Jos on his arrival from Abuja where he received certificate of return as candidate of PDP in Plateau.The governorship candidate encouraged those without PVC to go to the nearest Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office and register to participate in the 2023 general elections.“Let’s go back to our various polling units and educate our people on the need to get PVCs and vote for PDP.“With your votes, PDP will return to power and continue with the infrastructural development of former governor Jonah Jang administration.“We will bring peace and security; we will encourage the establishment of businesses to boost Plateau economy.“I assure you that Plateau will rise again and take its rightful position among states in Nigeria,” he said.Mutfwang told the crowd that efforts were on to ensure that INEC registration machines were provided in all our wards for people in the rural areas to register.“The presentation of the certificate of return to me as candidate of PDP in Plateau has reaffirmed our determination and commitment to work collectively as a people to reclaim power in 2023.“We are prepared as a party to go into the 2023 election as one family without backbiting, without hatred or any form of rancour.“We are determined to unite as a party and as Plateau people to rebuild the state for the prosperity of our people.“We are also grateful to the people of Plateau over their relentless effort in ensuring that the PDP return to power in 2023,” he said.Also, former Plateau Governor, Sen. Jonah Jang, advised Plateau people to be resolute and committed to bring PDP back to power in 2023 for development of the state.Jang urged the youths to conduct themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner and also obtain their PVCs to vote in PDP.
The former Chairman of Mangu Local Government of Plateau, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for 2023 elections.Mr Bode Ogunmola, the Returning Officer who announced the result, said that Mutfwang polled 252 votes to defeat 13 other aspirants that contested for the ticket.Ogumlnmola announced that Chief Kefas Ropshik came second with a total score of 113 votes.The returning official stated that 604 delegates were to participate in the election but 601 turned up and cast their votes.Ogunmola said that out of the votes cast, 593 votes were valid while eight votes were invalid.“Mr Caleb Mutfwang having scored the highest votes is hereby declared governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau,” he announced.According to the result. Alfred Damial came third with 92 votes followed by Dauda Gotiring who scored 88 votes while Chief Jonathan Akuns got 16 votes, Satu Jewun; nine votes, Shedrack Best; four votes and Bagudu Hirse; four votes.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the four aspirants — Latep Dabang, Timothy Golu, Jack Pam and Vincent Nanle — had earlier withdrawn from the race.Mutfwang, in his acceptance speech, said that the beginning of the return of PDP to Plateau Government House has started.“I feel a heavy weight on my shoulders that you have trusted me with this leadership responsibility to lead us first of all, to victory in 2023. “I want to assure you that by the grace of God I will give you the leadership you desire. “We want to tell the people to have confidence in our party, the Peoples Democratic Party. “We are ready to resume where we left in 2015, PDP left Plateau in a state of glory and we will continue where we stopped and by the grace of God, we will not disappoint you. “Let me say a big thank you to my fellow aspirants who contested this election with me. I want to say that this is a victory for all of us,” he said. Mutfwang thanked the former governor of Plateau, Sen. Jonah Jang for the exemplary leadership role has played in stabilising and keeping the party alive in the state.The governorship candidate equally thanked Sen. Jeremiah Useni and other stakeholders that played parts for the success of the primaries.
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Plateau, Mr Caleb Mutfwang, has said that given the abundant resources the state is blessed with, it should not be among the poor states in the country.
Mutfwang stated this while presenting himself to State Executive Committee of the party on Wednesday in Jos.
The former chairman of Mangu Local Government Area said that he would reclaim all the state’s boundaries and ensure that the people lived in peace.
“I will ensure that people will live in peace so that all the economic potential embedded in the state can be unleashed.
“We ought not to be among the poor states in the country because we are a people endowed by God with natural resources and clement weather, while we are very hard working.
“However, for progress to take place, there must be good leadership, and I have come to provide that leadership,” he stated.
Mutfwang, a legal practitioner, added that he was committed to restoring the lost glory of Plateau as a land that was well-respected among other states in Nigeria.
According to him, with unity of purpose and proper leadership, the state will achieve its potential.
“I have come to offer myself as a leader that will unite, not only the PDP but the entire people of Plateau,” he added.
In his remarks, the PDP Chairman in the state, Mr Chris Hassan, noted that Mutfwang stood with the party throughout its trying times.
Hassan said that the party would provide a level-playing ground for all aspirants, urging their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully and orderly.
He stated that the party had successfully conducted screening for aspirants and election of ward delegates.
“Tomorrow (Thursday), we will elect our national delegates, one from each of the 17 local government areas of the state, and I believe it will be a success like others.
“Also, to ensure justice for all, there is an appeal committee for all the exercises,” he said.