By Valentine Adese (JP).
The 17 Aspirants, who contested alongside with Dr. Nentawe Goshewe, for the governorship slot of the Plateau State All Progressives Congress (APC) have denied endorsing, Dr. Nentawe Goshewe’s bid for the Plateau State Governorship seat.
In a press statement dated 26th October, 2022, made available to journalists in Plateau State, signed by Hon. Johnson Podar, (the Spokesman of the former governorship Aspirants) the 17 governorship Aspirants of the APC claimed that, the alleged endorsement of Nentawe is an imagination and wishful dream of Shittu Bamaiyi, the Spokesman, of Generation Next Campaign Council.
The statement of the 17 Aspirants, while denying the endorsement allegation, also called on the people of Plateau not to be deceived by the antics of Dr. Nentawe and his Campaign Council and that, “as Democrats they will continue to provide proper and adequate information for the people of the state to enable them take the right decision(s).
You would recall that, after rising from a meeting in Jos, the capital of Plateau state, the 17 governorship aspirants had pledged to deliver 70 percent of the total votes in Plateau State to Sen. Tinubu.
The 17 gubernatorial Aspirants, who contested for the ticket of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections had said their decision to support the party’s presidential candidate is borne out of the fact that, the former Lagos State Governor has the capacity to reform and fix the country.
According to them, “Tinubu has been tested and has the experience and ability to solve Nigeria’s problems”.
The Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Professor Sonni Tyoden, who also was an Aspirant and who spoke to journalists at the end of the meeting on Sunday night said, the group was fully committed to Tinubu and will mobilize citizens of the State to massively vote for him.
Also speaking, a former Comptroller of Nigeria Customs, Dimka David said, Nigeria needs a leader that would create jobs for the teaming youths.
According to him, “Lagos State is working because of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Nigeria does not need anything more than someone that will create job and Tinubu can provide that.
“Bola has fought to ensure Nigeria remains one and we want a leader that will move this country forward. That is why, we from the Plateau are supporting Bola Ahmed Tinubu because, he is tested and he is not a religious bigot, he is completely a detribalized Nigerian.
“I know that the least Asiwaju will get in Plateau will not be less than 70 percent of the votes because, he is loved by many people in Plateau State. I am confident of his victory.”
Chief Amos Gizo said, “We resolved to work for the victory Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria. We are mobilizing our supporters to vote enmass for the APC presidential candidate.”
Barr Oumar Shettien, an elder and Chairman “Plateau Project II” said, “We are supporting Bola Tinubu because of his record of performance while he was the governor of Lagos State. He fought for democracy. I appeal to Nigerians to vote for him, he is a true democrat. The issue of Muslim Muslim ticket doesn’t arise, the ticket is Tinubu’s ticket”.
Adding his voice also in this direction was a former Permanent Secretary, Plateau State Government House, Mr. Sunday Biggs, who is one among the 17 Aspirants. He said that, as members of the APC, nothing stops them from identifying with the APC presidential candidate, Sen. Tinubu, while positing that, they will do anything legally possible for him to get victory in Plateau State, come 2023 general elections.
Hon. Johnson Podar, who is the Spokespersons of the group said, Tinubu would lead the country to prosperity.
“Tinubu has mentored a lot of people and he is Pan-Nigeria, he has never discriminated against anybody. Tinubu has touched the lives of many people irrespective of their faith or ethnicity.
“He will lead the country to prosperity. We worked for Tinubu to win the primaries so we cannot withdraw our support for him now”. He added.
READ THE FULL CONTROVERSIAL PRESS STATEMENT BELOW:
The All Progressives Congress governorship Candidate in Plateau state Dr. Nentawe Goshewe has described the decision by former governorship aspirants in the State to work for the success of party at all levels as very commendable and assuring.
In a statement by the Spokesman of the Generation Next Campaign Council, Shittu Bamaiyi, quotes Dr Nentawe as expressing happiness with the decision of the leaders to close ranks for the success of the party at all levels.
Dr. Nentawe noted that, for them to have taken such a bold step clearly portrays the former governorship aspirants as democrats, who believe in the supremacy of the party.
He further noted that, the decision of party’s stalwarts is not only inspiring and assuring, but a mileage for the success of the APC at all stages of the ballot in the State.
The APC governorship Candidate reassured all party faithful of his willingness to listen to all shades of opinion and advices for the success of the party in the state.
Spokesman, Generation Next Campaign Council
By Valentine Adese (JP).