By: Valentine Adese,
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) Chairman for Jos-North Local Government Area of Plateau State, Hon. Elijah Azi Itsegok has stated that the ADP would unseat the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Azi in 2019, owing to his alleged poor representation of the good people of Jos-North-West, at the State Assembly.Hon. Elijah Azi, in an exclusive interview with REALITY today, said that, the quality of candidates the ADP intends to sponsor in the 2019 election for that seat would win Rt. Hon. Peter Azi at the polls because of his visible poor performance since 2015.
He said, “As we speak to date, Rt. Hon. Peter Azi has nothing to show the good people of his constituency, Jos-North-West, what he has achieved so far!”
HON. ELIJAH ITSEGOK IN PART SAID:
“From what we see on ground, PLASIEC is willing to conduct the proposed Local Government (LG) elections in Plateau state and as ADP, we are equally ready.
“Though the ADP is not contesting the Chairmanship seat of Jos North Local Government Council, we are contesting at the councillorship level in the LG at Jenta Apata Ward.
“We will surprise a lot of people come 17th February, 2019 because, most of the electorates in Jenta Apata Ward are in support of our candidate’s candidature.
“However, I must reiterate myself at this point that, I had told this medium that the high fees for Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms charged by PLASIEC, were meant to frustrate new political parties like ours and the youths that constitute the party who never had enough to pay the fees from contesting in the forthcoming LG councils’ election.
“In anyway, we are determined to use the councillorship contest to test the ground for 2019.
“Let me just inform You that over four (4) Aspirants under the ADP are already showing interest for Jos-North West and Jos-North-North Constituency seats in the Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA) in the forthcoming general election slated for 2019.
“They have already started consultations and the party is aiding them to reach out to stakeholders such as, Traditional rulers, Women and Youth groups in these constituencies.
“You would recall that, the present members, who is representing Jos-North-West, Hon. Peter Azi, has performed below expectations to the extent that the people in the Constituency hardly remember they have a member at the state Assembly.
“ADP is of high hopes to replace him in 2019 because we have a strong policy of giving the people in the constituency and in the state, quality representations.
“With people like Hon. Daniel Asama, who would be contesting the seat with Rt. Hon. Peter Azi, your guess is as good as mine.
“All we are calling on the electorates to do is to give us the necessary support. They have yearned for change and the change they got is best described by the people today.
“I want Nigerians, especially, the good people of Plateau state, to know that ADP is just the alternative!