Plateau deputy governor to leave PDP for APC – Party Official

The Plateau State chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Latep Dabang, has said the deputy governor, Ignatius Longjan, who contested and lost the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial primary has concluded plans to decamp to the APC soon.

The APC chairman disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with journalists, shortly after the inauguration of the party’s gubernatorial campaign team at its secretariat in Jos.

According to Mr. Dabang, Mr. Longjan’s campaign team has joined the party. He noted that a principal member of the Longjan Campaign, John Dafang, has already been made an official in the APC campaign team.

If Mr. Longjan decamps, he would be the third failed governorship aspirant from the PDP to do so.

One of the former gubernatorial aspirants, Rufus Bature, is currently the director general of the APC campaign. He has boasted that he would deliver Plateau to the APC.

Another former gubernatorial aspirant and PDP decampee, Sonny Tyoden, is the running mate to the APC gubernatorial candidate, Simon Lalong.

Mr. Dabang also disclosed that the party had uncovered plans by some people allegedly working for the PDP, to rig the February election in the state.

The APC chairman said the suspected PDP members were collecting people’s permanent voter cards, PVC, data allegedly to distort the cards and make them difficult for INEC card readers to read.

He said the proposed scam was noted in Mikang, Mangu and Barkinladi Local Government Areas and that party had reported the matter to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, through the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC.

He called on INEC to properly investigate the allegations, insisting that it was no longer a rumour and some prominent people were involved.

Mr. Dabang said this would, however, not deter APC from winning their elections.


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  • Dumbo

    Clueless GEJ is finished. PDP “poverty development party”.

  • Dumbo

    Yes. The plot of the Biroms to undermine other tribes in Plateau State must be resisted. The wind of change is blowing across Nigeria and Plateau state must not be found wanting when the change is accomplished. Dr Dumbo advised Gov Jang to go ahead with the evil plan of installing another Birom man as the PDP governorship candidate. Now that Dr Dumbo cannot save himself from humiliation, who will save Sen Pwajok.

  • MI

    Thank you Your Excellencies Mr Longjan for rejecting impunity of the PDP. We must change the way we do things as a people and country to achieve our potentials. As we stand today Buhari / Osinbajo presidency will usher in the new experience in governance we were denied for too long. Everyone one is eager and willing to support and participate to bring about the desired Change.