The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda says he will secure Plateau and build infrastructure and human capital if elected.
Yilwatda stated this on Thursday during his thank-you-tour and consultative meeting with stakeholders in Mangu and Pankshin Local Government Areas of the state.
The governorship hopeful noted that there could not be any development if citizens did not feel secure and safe to go about their legitimate businesses.
“We will defend Plateau with all our strength.
As a matter of fact, we will put our lives on the line in defending Plateau if need be.
“We shall deploy technology to complement human efforts.
“This is imperative because we cannot provide infrastructure where there are no people to enjoy them in peace.
“Apart from infrastructure, we will build our peoples’ capacities and empower them to engage in various forms of businesses without let,’’ he said.
Yilwatda assured that he would be a detribalised governor of Plateau of Ngas extraction.
He enjoined APC members and loyalists to work together to win at the 2023 general elections.
Stakeholders at the meeting, the APC Woman Leader in Mangu Local Government Area, Mrs Naomi Tanko, and the APC Youth Leader in the local government area, Mr Jwanan Sani, both expressed support for the candidate.
In his remarks, Chairman, Mangu Local Government Council, Mr Minister Daput noted that APC candidates are credible people and have the capacity turn the fortunes of Plateau around for good.
Chairman, Pankshin Local Government Council, Mr Kakmena Audu, in his own remarks described Yilwatda’s visit as home-coming of the son of the soil.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda says he will promote humanity above religion and ethnicity if elected governor in 2023.Yilwatda stated this on Monday in Rukuba during his thank-you-tour to APC stakeholders in Bassa Local Government of Plateau.
The governorship candidate said that religion and ethnicity were the key inhibitors of the nation’s unity and progress.
“Humanity is above religion, humanity is above tribe.
“If you vote me, I will not promote religion or ethnicity above humanity.
“They are the key killers of our system and if I have the opportunity, I will relegate them, if I can’t do away with them completely,” he said.
He stated that he would do everything within his powers to unite Plateau people and ensure that they stuck together in spite of their religious, ethnic and political differences.
Yilwatda further said that the state would benefit immensely if the people united and collectively harnessed its potentials.
The Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly, Yakubu Sanda, said that the visit was not for campaign but to thank the people.
Sanda said that Bassa was in dire need of many amenities with the most pressing at the moment, was the road linking the local government headquarters with the state capital.
The speaker expressed optimism that when elected, Yilwatda would fix the deplorable road.
The Director General, Nentate Yilwatda Campaign Organisation, Prof. Sabastian Maimako, described Bassa as the stronghold of the APC .
Maimako who is the immediate past vice chancellor of University of Jos, expressed confidence that the people would elect all APC candidates.
Plateau APC Chairman, Chief Rufus Bature, described Bassa as three local governments in one, because of its landmass and economic potential.
Bature told the Yilwatda to speedily approve the creation of the three local governments in the area.
The chairman urged APC members to vote the party candidates at all levels.
He advised those who intended to vote APC in the state and Labour Party or Peoples Democratic at the national level to have a rethink.
According to him, such action amounts to anti-party and anyone caught would be shown the way out of APC.
The Chairman, Bassa Local Government, Mr Stephen Amala, described Yilwatda’s visit as home coming.
Amala said that the people were committed to working for the APC candidates for the good of the state.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, says he will reconcile with the aspirants and other party members that feel offended by the conduct of the primary election that produced him.
Yilwatda stated this on Monday in Jos during his thank-tour of Bassa and Jos North local governments to appreciate the party stakehokders for giving him the mandate.
The governorhsip candidate stated that in the course of the primaries, he might have offended and hurt some people different ways unknowingly.
“We are very very sorry, please accept our deepest apology because whatever might have happened was not deliberate.
“Whatever happened, we are from the same family, because APC is one family.
“With the primaries over, we need to synergise and work for the success of our party and the state in general,’ he said.
According to him, there are myriad and equal opportunities for any member of the APC who works for the success of the party.
Yilwatda stated that as Plateau Campaign Coordinator of the Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation, he would do everything within his powers to unite the party to work for the success of all its candidates.
The governorhsip candidate expressed optimism that APC would “win the elections free, square and in a transparent manner”.
Plateau APC Chairman, Chief Rufus Bature, advised the party members against indulging in any form of anti-party.
Buture urged those contemplating voting candidates at national level to review such thoughts as they would amount to anti-party punishable with expulsion.
The Chairman, Jos North Local Government, Alhaji Shehu Bala, welcomed Yilwatda and his team and assured him of the the total support of the people in the area.
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.
An All Progressives Congress (APC) youth support group has donated a campaign office to the party’s governorship candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda in Mabudi, Langtang South Local Government of the state.
The group known as Generation Next Youths in Langtang South said that the office is coordinating point toward the success of the APC in the localityCoordinator of the group, Mr Andrew Vongsing, said that, if elected, Yilwatda would empower and liberate youths from poverty.
Vongsing stated that majority of the youths in Langtang South were working for the APC victory.
“We have registered 15,000 active youths who are campaigning for Yilwatda to be elected as Plateau governor.
“The campaign office is the first step of the our commitment for the success of the APC in the state.
“The development is as part of our efforts and support to the campaign activities set to commence a few days ahead of 2023 general elections,” he added.
Yilwatda who inaugurated the office, thanked the youths for the kind donation.
The candidate assured Plateau people, particularly the youths, that they would not regret if the vote him as their governor.
“We will engage, empower and employ Plateau youths and dedicate 10 per cent of our resources to the youths to enable them to become economically self-reliant.
“We will be transparent, free, fair and run an all-inclusive government while the youths will be mentored and appointed as commissioners and other positions,” he said.
The Chairman, Langtang South Local Government, Mr Vincent Venman Bulus, applauded Yilwatda for visiting the local government to commission the office and assured him of winning Langtang South come 2023.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, says he will set up Amotekun kind of security outfit if elected in 2023.Yilwatda stated this on Monday during a thank-you tour of southern senatorial district of the state.
The governorship candidate said that he was fully aware of security challenges the “state is grappling with and would explore all options to secure the state”.
He promised to boost the state economy and provide equal opportunities for the people to carry out their businesses without hindrance or let.
Yilwatda also promised to be just and fair to all citizens of the state irrespective of their religious or tribal affiliations if elected.
The candidate stated that his focus would be to unite all Plateau people together for the progress and development of the state.
Yilwatda who was accompanied on the tour by his wife, and his running mate, Mr Pam Botmang, pledged to do his best to fix roads linking various local government areas in the state when elected.
Plateau APC Chairman, Mr Rufus Bature in his remarks, said that the thank-you tour and consultative meeting was to address all grievances before the campaigns kick start in a few days.
Bature expressed happiness that the response from the people of Quapan, Mikang and Shendam local governments had confirmed that “APC is a win-win come 2023 in Plateau”.
The Chairman, Association of Local Government of Government (ALGON) Plateau chapter, Mr Alex Na’antuam, welcomed the candidate and party officials to the area.
Na’antuam who is also the Chairman of Shendam Local Government Area, pledged to work for the success of the party.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau says it considered many factors before inaugurating its governorship campaign team headed by the immediate past Vice- Chancellor of University of Jos, Prof. Sabastian Maimako.
“After strategic and broad-based consultations, the party released the key appointments into its Governorship Campaign Council ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“These appointments, which are with immediate effect, reflect the various geo-political, religious and ethnic interests in the state,” Plateau APC Publicity Secretary Sylvanus Namang said in a statement.
The statement issued in Jos said that Maimako would be assisted by three deputy directors-general, with the Deputy Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Shehu Yipmong as Deputy Director-General (Operations).
According to the statement, the mmediate past Nigerian Labour Congres (NLC) Chairman in Plateau, Mr Jibrin Bancir, will serve as Deputy Director-General (Administration) while Qua’an Pan Local Government Chairman, Mr Ernest Daa is Deputy Director-General (Election Management).
“The Campaign Council is to be headed by Dr Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe, the governoship candidate in the state with Chief Rufus Bature, the state APC Chairman as the Deputy Chairman.
“The Secretary of the Campaign Council is Prof. Shem Binda, former Provost, College of Education Gindiri,” the statement said.
The statement further said that the remaining appointments into the respective directorates in the council would be made later.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, says he will work with youths to revamp the state economy if elected governor.
Yilwatda said this on Thursday when he went to his home in Kanke Local Government to thank people of Plateau for giving him APC governorship ticket.
According to the governorship candidate, youths have brilliant ideas and make up the bulk of voters but are underrepresented in previous administrations in the state.
He said that it was for that resolve that he picked Mr Pam Butmang, who he described as an energetic, well-travelled and well- schooled young man to be his running mate.
Yilwatda said that he would set up a tustfund for vulnerable group in the state.
He also said that he would set aside 10 per cent of the state internally generated revenue for the groups as trustfund.
The former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner in Benue listed youths, women and people living with disabilities as the vulnerable groups.
He said that the people he termed vulnerable groups constituted 80 per cent of the voting population but they owned less than 10 per cent wealth of the state’s economy.
“So you have this big pyramid that has been turned upside down and it cannot be upside down for long.
“One day the pyramid will collapse, we must change the pyramid upside not to allow it return to where it comes from.
“So the larger part of the economy comes down and the thinner part goes up, It makes it more stable. It’s easier to manage.
“And what do we need to do? That trustfund will allow them to have funds and matching grants, if transferred to private sector, it will be purely managed on business basis”, he said.
According to him, people between 20 years of age and 30 years of age are millionaires in global economies but the situation is different in Nigeria.
Yilwatda stated that Plateau economy would revolve around the youths to give them opportunities to excel.
The governorship candidate further said that his administration would take advantage of the temperate weather to encourage production of the crops.
Yilwatda noted that the industrial area of the state would be relocated to Barkin which is close to the Yakubu Gowon Airport, the Inland Container Deport and the NESCO source of power.
He said that with such facilities, the state industrial sector would grow rapidly without inhibition.
In his response, the Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Sanda, assured Yilwatda of the support of legislators in the state.
Sanda, represented by his deputy, Mr Saleh Yipmong, said that the APC family on the Plateau was strong and united.
“Members of the house would support Yilwatda to continue from where Gov. Simon Lalong stopped so that the dividends of democracy would continue to trickle down to people of Plateau’’, he said. (www.nannnews.ng)
The All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate in Plateau, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, has chosen Mr Pam Butmang as his running mate for 2023.
Butmang, the current Plateau Commissioner for Works, is the son of former Gov. Joshua Dariye’s Deputy, late Micheal Butmang.
Yilwatda said at the unveiling of Butmang on Wednesday in Jos, that he consulted widely before arriving at his choice of a running mate.
“I consulted with party officials, the leader of the party in Plateau, Gov. Simon Lalong, and all the critical stakeholders.
“We arrived at somebody we felt is energic, young, experienced and a party man, who can complement everything that I lack as a candidate.
“In the course of the consultation, we also reconciled some aggrived members of the party to ensure that we emerge victorious in the election.
“I am happy to tell you that one of those who contested for the ticket with me, Mr Bilshaka Fitka, has agreed to work for the success of the party.
“Together we will give you a secure, united and prosperous Plateau, if elected,” the governorship hopeful said.
He said that he would take responsibility for the choice of Butmang and also stick out his neck to ensure that both of them served the people to the best of their ability.
He appealed to those that sought to be selected from the northern zone, where the slot was zoned to, to understand that only one person was needed for the position.
According to him, they were eminently qualified but for the want of space.
He promised to carry them along, when elected, saying that “the table of the governor is wide enough to accommodate everyone”.
Yilwatda also called on all the party faithful to join hands with him “to ensure that APC wins the election free and square” in 2023.
In a remark, Butmang said that he accepted his nomination as the running mate to Yilwatda.
He, however, said that he is “not a co-pilot of the plane but a supporter” to the candidate.
“I guarantee 180 per cent of my loyalty to you and the party.
“I want to tell our great party faithful that I have been asked to support the candidate to win the election.
“My principal was my senior in the secondary school.
“I served him and I will not be afraid or ashamed of serving him again.
“This is the man to take us to the top.
“I implore you to support the Generation Next Movement. You will not be disappointed,” Butmang said.
The state Chairman of the party, Mr Rufus Bature, said that the delay in picking the running mate was to ensure that they did not make mistake.
Bature said that at the appropriate time, their campaign would be issue-based and not campaign of calumny.
He further said that the campaign would be done at the polling units rather than cities.
Aspirants in the just-concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in Plateau have protested against the emergence of Dr Nentawe Yilwatda as the candidate of the party.
The aspirants expressed their disappointment and disapproval of the primaries in a statement signed by the Secretary of ‘Forum of Plateau APC Aspirants’, Dr Danyaro Sarpiya.
The statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos alleged that the whole process was not in consonance with the APC guidelines for the momination of candidates for the 2023 general elections.
They dismissed the claims that a gubernatorial primaries took place on May 26, 2022, saying that the exercise was null and void and should be set aside.
They called for the review of congresses from the ward level so as to make way for the proper election of delegates to participate in another primaries that would produce a credible candidate.
“We have written an appeal to the appeal committee for a redress of this fraud to save the APC on the Plateau.
“Our grounds of appeal centre on the fact that there was no delegate election and the list of delegates was constantly being amended with the last change effected on the day of the primaries.
“The said delegates were sequestered by political appointees as well as Local Government Chairmen.
“During the primaries, unauthorised persons were in the venue to intimidate and follow up delegate votes,” they alleged.
The aspirants recalled that they had raised fundamental issues at a press briefing on May 9, and alerted the world about plans to impose Yilwatda on the party.
Efforts to get the reaction of Plateau APC proved abortive as the Publicity Secretary, Mr Sylvanus Namang, told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was “busy with APC Senate primaries”.