A former head of the National Population Commission, Samaila Makama, has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the entire Plateau electorates will not support another Berom native as governor after Jonah Jang.
“We will reject another Berom-speaking national to replace Jang in 2015,” Mr. Makama said.
Mr. Makama, a chieftain of the party, made his position known in Jos in an interview on Saturday, while reacting to the alleged endorsement of Gyang Pwajok, a serving senator representing Plateau north at the National Assembly, as Mr. Jang’s successor in the 2015 governorship elections.
“Governor Jang is a Berom man and he has been in power for two terms of eight years. The Berom people should allow other tribes to also produce a governor. We have over 50 ethnic groups in this state. Allowing only Berom to rule after eight years of Jang amounts to perpetuating ethnic hegemony.”
Mr. Makama said he told Mr. Jang when he and other party leaders were invited by the governor to seek support for Mr. Pwajok, that Plateau people will not support the governor’s candidate.
Mr. Jang is said to have, this week, asked Plateau people to support the aspiration of Mr. Pwajok to succeed him in 2015, while he (Jang), takes over Mr. Pwajok’s position as Senator in 2015.
The former National Population Commission chairman, Mr. Makama, who hails from central Plateau state, stressed that “Plateau people will not only reject government candidate, we will reject another Berom speaking national to replace Jang in 2015”.
“In the spirit of equity and fairness, the Berom should allow other zones to take the governorship slot in 2015, we don’t want one particular tribe to dominate and enslave others,” he said.