By: Valentine Adese,
It is not arguable that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the senatorial seats in the three Senatorial Districts of Plateau state in the 2015 general election.
The Southern Senatorial District election in 2015 was won by Senator J. T. Useni, a retired Military General. The Northern Senatorial District was also won by Senator Jonah Jang, a retired Military General too. While, the Central Senatorial District was won by Senator Joshua Chibi Dariye, a civilian, a businessman and a former governor of the state who later decamped to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
With the 2019 general election around the corner, the permutation to occupy these seats have heightened, as facts indicate that the incumbent occupiers may not be willing to contest for these offices again, as there are various calls on each of them to go for higher offices.
For Sen. J.T Useni, the major call on him by his supporters and admirers is for him to contest for the number one seat in the state (Governorship). They believe the state needs his contribution now, based on his experiences and capabilities.
For Senator Joshua Dariye and Senator Jang, who have being two time governors each of Plateau state, their supporters and admirers are already campaigning for them to aspire for the Presidential seat and serve the nation with their abilities.
From the above, there is a strong indication that the 2019 general election may not see these incumbent senators in action to retain their seats at the National Assembly (NASS).
Now that the various political parties are no more ready to allow imposition of candidates by way of impunity, the quest for a personal successor may not be easy for the three senators.
At the Northern Senatorial Districts of the state, it is gathered that, any candidate without the blessing of the Berom people may be trying in vain, as the population of the tribe is a serious and major factor in the zone.
The permutation of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) within the zone to contest the seat with the PDP has become real but, its poor presence at the zone is a full-page challenge.
The killings in Irigwe land, in Bassa Local Government Area (LGA) that of Riyom, Barkin-ladi and some parts of Jos South LGAs are also major challenging factors for the APC.
The senatorial contest in the northern zone of the state would, from facts and emotions flying, suggests that the faith of aspirants would also be judged based on their relationships with late GNS Pwajok and the role they each played from GNS campaign days for the Plateau State governorship seat to his death.
The perceived loyalty of candidates to Senator Jang, who is currently representing the Zone at the National Assembly, is also key in determining the future permutation for his replacement.
Facts are that, as he is not returning to contest for the senatorial seat, his efforts may be channeled towards giving the northern District the person to succeed him.
TO BE CONTINUED!