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.
The Plateau Chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has adopted Mr Samuel Abashe, a retired military officer, as it governorship candidate for the forthcoming general elections in the state.Speaking at the event on Sunday in Jos, Mr Ibrahim Danjuma, the Chairman of the party in the state, said that the adoption is in line with the electoral guidelines provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).He explained that the decision to adopt Abashe as its candidate was reached by delegates of the party across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.The chairman added that the decision to affirm the candidate would reduce rancour within the party and make it ready to win the election in 2023.”Today, APGA in Plateau has adopted Mr Samuel Abashe as its governorship candidate for the forthcoming general elections in the state.”This decision is in line with the electoral guidelines provided by INEC.”The delegates of our party from the various local government areas are all gathered here to affirm Abashe as the candidate of the party.”This is also done in line with philosophy of our party; a philosophy that is admired by all Nigerians,” he said.Danjuma explained that with the adoption, the party would soon commence its campaigns across the state in order to market its candidate to the people of Plateau.Responding, Abashe, also a retired staff of the United Nations, thanked the leadership of the party for finding him worthy to fly its governorship flag in the state.Abashe, 61, promised to provide the kind of leadership that would place the state on the path of steady growth and development.”APGA is the alternative that Plateau people have been yearning for, and I promise that when I become the governor I will provide the kind of governance that the people desire,” he said.The candidate promised to unite the people, tackle insecurity, priotise education, agriculture, healthcare services, among others, if elected.