By: Valentine Adese,
As the 2019 general election draws nearer, youths in Nigeria have started speaking and singing praises in different tones, as they hail and present different aspirants to their folds.
In Plateau State, the situation is not different, as the youths in the state play more vital role in the political activities in the state. They play more relevant roles in political campaigns, election monitoring, counting of votes and protection of the ballot boxes.
The youths in Plateau Stat are however divided from facts reaching the information desk of REALITY on who they would collectively support for the governorship seat come 2019 that would hopefully deliver the expected dividend of democracy.
Facts show that the youths are already propagating the interest and ambitions of the incumbent Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, Sen. J.T. Useni, Pastor Margaret Inusa, and Minister Solomon Dalung, among others.
It is of note that, while Governor Simon Lalong and Solomon Dalung are of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Sen. J.T. Useni and Pastor Margaret, are of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Action Democratic Party (ADP) respectively.
Immediately after the declaration of Governor Lalong in one of the APC stakeholders meeting, indicating his interest to contest in the 2019 gubernatorial contest, commendations from some youths in the state continued to trail the declaration of the Governor.
Chikas Kumle, Chairman of Plateau Youth Council, Pankshin LGC and Boniface Tamwai, a youth activist from Mikang LGC thanked Governor Lalong for responding to the popular demands of Plateau people.
In a separate release, Kumle described Governor Lalong, as a “Listening Governor" who is passionate about the youths.
On his part, Boniface Tamwai said "Mikang youths will work round the clock to deliver 100 percent."
They commended the Governor for the sustenance of relative peace, employments of Teachers and promotion of Agriculture, amongst several projects.
It would be recalled that Simon Lalong recently yielded to the people's plea to declare his interest to re-contest for the Governor of the State at the APC stakeholder's meeting in Jos when a motion was moved by Hon. Edward Pwajok (SAN) and was unanimously supported by all present at the meeting.
In a different development however, on the 27th April, 2018, a group of Plateau Youths have vowed to sue Barrister Solomon Dalung, the current Minister of Youth and Sports, if he fails to contest for the Governorship seat of Plateau State.
The youth group led by Gwamven Ndam, who paid a surprise visit to the Minister in his home town, Langtang in Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State told him that, "with your selfless commitment to the development of Plateau State and grassroots Sports development, it is a clear indication of your total love for humanity. Some of your achievements are well documented: Mabudi Federal Stadium for Plateau South, Kanam Federal Stadium for Plateau Central and renovation of Youth Indoor Sports Gymnasium Rayfield which covers Plateau North".
The group has vowed to sue Barrister Dalung to Court, if he fails to contest Plateau State Governorship seat, come 2019.
"We will not even sue you in Plateau Court but we will sue you at Federal High Court Abuja to express our Fundamental Human Rights, as enshrined in the1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As amended).
You have no reason not to contest for governorship seat, as your appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has brought much impact to us".
The group cried out that the present leadership in Plateau State has failed the masses and they cannot afford to take chances with “this undemocratic leadership that jeopardizes our humanity."
For now, the youths in the ADP and the PDP are flying the kits for Pastor Margaret and Sen. J.T. Useni respectively as other aspirants are yet to formally explain to them of their interests apart from writing the state chapters of their parties of the interests to contest.