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Ex-commissioner canvasses power shift in Plateau

27 August 2013, 14:13

Abuja -  A former Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development in Plateau, Alex Kwapnoe, has urged political stakeholders in the state to ensure that Plateau South Senatorial Zone produced the next governor in 2015.

Kwapnoe who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday argued that it was the turn of the zone to produce the governor.

The former commissioner who served the present administration in the state said that his advocacy was based on his knowledge of the political history of the state and some political calculations.

“Gov. Jonah Jang, who represents Plateau North will finish his two terms in 2015, so his zone, is out of governorship contest for now.

Before him was Gov. Joshua Dariye, who represented Plateau Central and he did two terms too. Therefore, the next zone should be Plateau South.

Kwapnoe, who is also a one-time member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, said there was an understanding on zoning arrangement among the three senatorial zones regarding the governorship seat.

He urged stakeholders to focus attention on how to get the best candidate from the array of 2015 governorship aspirants from the zone.

"There are about eight or nine credible governorship aspirants from Plateau South Zone, the focus now should be on how to get the best gubernatorial material among them,'' he said.

He also urged the stakeholders to keep to the zoning arrangement, saying that “anything short of this will not be acceptable to the people.

“I know the typical Plateau man’s mentality, he will not accept anything short of zoning arrangement in this regard”.

Kwapnoe, who observed that Plateau “is undoubtedly, a PDP stronghold”, advised the PDP in the state to accept back members who left the party and now wished to return.

The former commissioner expressed optimism that this would strengthen the capacity of PDP to continue to rule  the state.

He said that zoning the governorship seat automatically to Plateau South in 2015 would go a long way in enhancing the chances of victory for any party or person seeking to win the election in the state.

"Anybody who is against it cannot be called a politician and any party that ignores or tampers with it will lose in the election.

"All political stakeholders in the state should, therefore, eschew their political differences, put the state’s interest above other considerations and ensure a smooth transfer of power to the southern zone.”

-  NAN


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