Governor says INEC should revisit APC registration.
The Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to revisit the criteria used in registering the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a political party.
Mr. Jang, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said this at Kwata, Jos South Local Government Area, during a PDP rally for the local government elections which will take place on Tuesday.
”As one of the founding member of the PDP, and a stakeholder in the Nigerian project, I’m asking INEC to revisit the registration process of APC. As for me, I do not consider APC as a political party due to their attitude toward the unity of this country,” Mr. Jang said.
Speaking on the process of choosing a new governor in Plateau come 2015 general elections, Mr. Jang urged intending aspirants not to be over ambitious in the quest for the governorship post.
”It’s good to have ambition, but it’s also bad to be over ambitious. I urge Plateau people to pray to God to anoint who will take over from me, particularly someone who has Plateau at heart,” he said.
The deputy governor of the state, Ignatius Longjan, cautioned those making unguarded statements over which geopolitical zone in the state should govern. He noted that such comments were capable of heating up the polity in the state.
On the forthcoming local government elections, Mr. Jang assured that it would be peaceful as security agencies in the state had assured him of adequate security.
”Security agencies in the state have assured me of adequate security but there will be restriction of movements of people during voting hours,” Mr. Jang said.
The last local government elections in the state on November 28, 2008 had resulted in violence, with several lives lost.
Mr. Jang charged the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, to conduct credible elections that will be acceptable, free and fair and stand the test of time. He told candidates and their supporters to continue their campaigns but said he was optimistic that PDP would win in the 14 councils where the elections will hold. Council polls will not hold in two local government, Jos North and Wase, due to insecurity and violence in those areas.