By Eagle Eye News24
As the battle to clinch the coveted seat of governor of Plateau State draws nearer ,there are permutations and predictions among political big wigs. In a matter of days to come the nation will once again roll out the drums for the governorship election on Saturday 11th March 2023.
Plateau State,North-Central,Nigeria will be hosting one of the keenly contested polls which has been best described as a three horse race between the ruling All Progressives Congress( APC),Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
In an exclusive press chat at the EAGLE EYE NEWS24 Jos Network Station on Nigeria Decides,Hon.Timothy Parlong,former Special Adviser on Peace Building to former governor of Plateau State Senator Jonah Jang and now a Labour Party Chieftain spoke on why his party will win the guber polls in Plateau State amongst other contending issues.
Speaking on why he joined the Labour Party on the Plateau,he reacted this way:
“I was short changed in the PDP by the so called ‘big wigs’ of the PDP.Imagine a serving lawmaker used his position to influence an election by sponsoring another contestant in order to swing the tide against me,simply because he was a senior party man in our party then.
I tried severally to see that this issues were restored but it was all an attempt in futility,so I decided to jettisoned the PDP out of frustration. Recall that I contested for various positions in the party.Unfortunately for our party then,we lost out to the APC at the 2015,2019 elections.
Speaking on the chances of his party’s victory at the state and House Assembly elections,he said that they are best prepared to come out victorious at the polls.
“Our party is the reigning party,every where we go for campaign the people have always responded in the affirmative that they belong to the Labour Party.All we are doing now is to consolidate on the gains so far recorded.The LP as new as it is perse has gotten to the nook and cranes of the state and even beyond.Our major challenge is how to catch up because the acceptability of the party is widespread”.
Responding on the issue of the LP structures and spread in the three senatorial zoness of Plateau State,he said that the Labour Party is on ground.
“Our party is on ground,we have reached everywhere and we are working assiduously to sustain the momentum on the gains of the party at the grassroots.
Reacting on the issue of the best candidates among the three political parties in the state,Parlong said that the Labour Party leads the pack,more especially with the emergence of Peter Obi on the ballot.
“Our strategy is to woo the predominantly non-indigenous people in Plateau State and it is not to embark on open rally. We are also doing all we can to mobilize the Igbo and some sections of the Hausa-Fulani that are undecided on who to vote for in the election”.
On the perceived popularity of the ruling APC in the state,the LP Stalwart argued that they have lost popularity and relevance in the state.
“The APC is no more popular in the state.You are aware that the state governor ,Simon Lalong recently came out publicly to seek for forgiveness from Plateau people owing to bad governance.The governor on assumption in office promised to protect the citizens and provide welfare for the people as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but failed on that regard”
On the strength and the uniqueness of his party’s governorship candidate,Dr.Patrick Dakum,as against the APC’s Nentawe and the PDP’s Mutfwang,he enthused that the LP’s Dakum stands out.
“Our candidate stands out amongst others because he is more exposed,experienced and he has capacity to turn the fortunes of the state around.Dr.Dakum our candidate was once a commissioner in the state with an impregnable record of achievements.None of the aforementioned candidates possesses that kind of degree of achievements and records in their careers,For instance the PDP candidate in the state,Barr.Caleb Mutfwang was once a Local Government Chairman that was alleged to have left unpaid backlogs of allowance and salaries in Mangu LGA when he presided over the Local government council”.he said.