Tuesday 27 September 2022


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Plateau State like many other states in the federation is already experiencing the known political fever and politicians have started realigning and strategizing to achieve their peak, before, during and after the 2023 general elections.

The most catching drama in the state currently is the pursuit to achieve the ambition of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Ahaji Atiku Abubakar.

The pursuit and support for Atiku has introduced a yet to be explained infighting within and outside the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While the Pro-Atiku group have kick started a “non-existing political war” within the PDP, their major enemy seems to be the former Governor of the State, Sen. Jonah David Jang, who recently joined other concerned PDP stakeholders to call for the resignation of the National Chairman of the Party, Ayu.

Despite the fact that, Sen. Jang had publicly stated that, his joining and pulling out of the Presidential Campaign Council, aimed to project Atiku to the nation, as fit and proper person for the Presidential seat, the Pro-Atiku in the state seem to have given a deaf ear to that, as they questioned Sen. Jang’s boldness to speak at all.

To create a proper stage for the non-political war, the Pro-Atiku group has engaged other political party members, some elders in the state, especially, those who may have beef with Sen. Jang, in order to gather support for their action.

Names like, Prof. Shedrack Best, Hon. Timothy Golu, Amb. Yahaya Kwande, have emerged to be part and temporary leaders of the meetings creating the group.

In their various meetings and press briefings, this group has reiterated that, Sen. Jang’s withdrawal from the Presidential Council was personal and not the position of the Plateau state chapter of the PDP and its members. A position replicating what Jang has maintained.

However, this action is creating more questions that may demand answers from the Pro-Atiku group in the state according to Pundits and others, who spoke to this Newspaper.

In the views of a Director of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Comrade Steve Aluko Daniel in an exclusive interview on the development, he questioned what Amb. Yahaya Kwande was intervening for in an assumed in house political disagreement of the PDP.

He also questioned why those, who have colluded to form the opinion of supporting Atiku, did not reach out to Sen. Jang to personally ask him why he pulled out from the Council, but rather chose to surprise him by joining hands with Amb. Yahay Kwande, a perceived rival of Jang and a staunch friend of Atiku Abubakar.

Emmanuel Nentawe, a politician from Pankshin Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State also, in an exclusive interview, urged those fighting a non-existing political war with Sen. Jonah Jang, to desist, as they cannot show their political value to make Atiku win in the state when the time comes.

Mr. Emmanuel said, those from the central zone, who lost in the PDP governorship primary in the state, seems to have dominated the Pro-Atiku movement and it directly shows that, their grievances of not becoming the governorship candidate of the PDP, may be at the center of it all.

Pundits, who spoke to REALITY and being observers of the political developments in the state, have urged the members of the Pro-Atiku group to tell Atiku their true capacity to win election for him even in their Wards. They opined that, if they have political pull as they may have been exhibiting to Atiku, they should show the political office the PDP has won in the central zone and what voting capacity exist within the zone that they want to create a face-off between Atiku and Jang.

Pundits also questioned the Pro-Atiku group now in the state to explain when Baba Yahaya Kwande moved from the APC to the PDP that he can now preside over a meeting of the party. They also want to know when he resigned and when the State Exco ratified his re-admission into the state chapter from known and established processes.

From close investigation, REALITY CAN AUTHORITATIVELY state that, the know political leaders of the PDP in the state have never been in attendance in the various meetings called by the group nor has the state PDP Exco and its leadership.


No comments:

Post a Comment