Plateau will oppose another Berom governor in 2015 — Ex-Population Commission boss, Makama

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.


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  • Otile

    What does Alhaji Ibrahim Samaila Makama mean by they have over 50 ethnic groups in Bauchi Plateau state? This sounds like one man one tribe. This man is always having trouble with numbers. Is he not the man who took the census business from Obasanjo and started counting cows and goats in the North? When the census was over we asked him how many people are Hausa Fulani, Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw, Gwari, Ibibio etc he got angry. Then we asked him how many people are Christians, how many are Muslims, animists etc, he replied that knowing how many Muslims in Nigeria would destabilize the country. In the end we got some fictitious figure as the population of Nigeria. Till date nobody knows the actual number of real people inhabiting Nigeria. When we further asked what the census scheme cost he said that money was not the issue.

    • Sanusi

      For record, samuila Makama is not Hausa fulani and is a practicing catholic, so otile take note if u are sensible and responsible.

      • Otile

        Is he a good Christian?

        • Alhassan

          What do you mean by good christian, you don’t even believe with your brothers, Hmmm

    • sule iliya

      My dear Otile Makama is not a muslim as ure insinuating

      • Otile

        Are you saying he is not a true Muslim?

  • amazing2012

    Otile is not sensible or responsible, he coined Alhaji to samuila Makama to hide the truth and create hate. Makama is not a Muslim so the title of Alhaji is not suppose to be with his name, We attend the same church. Please find facts before you comment, or it will simply mean confirming your ignorance.

    • Otile

      If you say he is not a Muslim the question is, is he a good Christian? However, his title is beside the point. Tell me, how many Muslim are there in Nigeria, how many animists? How much money did we spend in the useless census? How can knowing the number of Muslims destabilize the country?

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      Today is Sunday, don’t curse, don’t speak blasphemously.