2015: I don’t need Governor Jang’s endorsement – Jimmy Cheto

A Peoples Democratic Party governorship aspirant in Plateau State, Jimmy Cheto, has said his aspirations for the office of governor did not require the endorsement of the incumbent governor.

“I do not need the endorsement of Governor Jonah David Jang to win elections. I believe in the verdict of the people, and as a democrat, I do know that the governor will abide by the decision of the majority who I place my trust in,” he said.

Mr. Cheto, who keenly contested the 2011 elections against Mr. Jang but lost, made his position known on Thursday in an interview with journalists in Jos.

He said governance should not be akin to king-making, where a cabal of persons decides who ruled next.

“I believe that with the current insecurity challenges in the state, Plateau needs the best brains to govern the state for effective service delivery,” he said.

Speaking on what he intended to achieve if elected, the PDP governorship aspirant noted with regret that most sectors of the economy had not been given due attention. He said his priority would be the revamping of the education and agricultural subsectors which, according to him, were “victims of circumstance.”

He explained that the education, agriculture, economy, human and capital development sectors had suffered total neglect by the present administration.

He said an economic revolution would be embarked upon.

Meanwhile, the PDP executives in the state expressed dismay at what it referred to as the “indiscriminate use of its party’s logo by non members in vying for the 2015 elections.”

The party, in a statement on broadcast on the state-owned television, Plateau Radio and Television Cooperation, PRTVC, on Wednesday, said some aspirants contesting the 2015 elections on the platform of the party were not its members.

“PDP notes with dismay the use of our logo by some persons who have left the party or not our members in any way. In this vain, the PDP warns that the affected persons should desist henceforth from the act or risk the wrath of the party,” it said.

The race for the 2015 election has picked up with many aspirants putting up posters around the state. At the last count by PREMIUM TIMES, about 20 persons, including the incumbent deputy governor, Ignatius Longjan, have printed posters with the PDP logo, and sought to occupy the office of the governor come 2015.

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