As the 2015 general elections approaches, pressure is mounting on the governor of Plateau State, Jonah Hang, to anoint his deputy, Ignatius Longjan, as his successor.
The residents of Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area of southern Plateau, where Mr. Longjan hails from, on Tuesday, after a political meeting held at the council headquarters, Baarp, demanded the deputy governor succeed his boss.
Already, Mr. Longjan’s campaign posters have conspicuously dotted parts of the state, but the deputy is yet to make his intention official through a public statement.
He has also denied having a hand in the campaign posters.
The residents of Qua’an-Pan, after their meeting, in a communique, appealed to Governor Jang to endorse his deputy for the sake of continuity.
“The current Deputy to Governor Jang, Hon. Ignatius Datong Longjan, is the nearest person to the Governorship seat, therefore, it is only natural that he is in the best position to continue the laudable, pace-setting vision of Governor Jonah David Jang, CON, as his successor,” the communique read.
The group urged the deputy governor to purchase his nomination form in his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and contest.
Meanwhile, during the campaigns in 2011, Governor Jang told a gathering at Kwata-zawan, in Jos south local government area of the state, in the presence of his deputy, that Mr. Longjan would not succeed him because they were within the same age bracket. The governor suggested that a much younger person should take office in 2015.