2015: Group jettisons agitation for governorship slot in Plateau North

By Muhammad Tanko Shittu

A group, Coalition of Concerned Plateau Northern Youths (CCPNY), has said that the governorship of Plateau state come 2015 should not remain in the Northern zone, for “fairness, inclusion, justice and fear of domination,” and called on Governor Jonah Jang to disassociate himself from the agitators.
The group, in a press briefing in Jos, said they decided to come together irrespective of ethnic, gender and religious backgrounds to speak with a voice, adding: “This undoubtedly is the key to the growth of democracy and good governance as over time we have failed to act and speak when we needed to.”
Speaking through its leader, Mr. Mafeng Gwallson, the group said: “In the spirit of social inclusion, fairness, equity, justice, fear of domination and undoubtedly the revered peace in the state, it will be great if this position is simultaneously rotated considering the fact that all zones have the capacity to produce the best of world leaders and not just Plateau governorship.”

Discarding an earlier agitation by a group of the Plateau North Political Front (PNPF), the youth group said their agitation was unacceptable and does not reflect the view of an average Plateau Northern man.”
“We want to emphasise that we, the concerned youths of Plateau North who have produced the incumbent governor, disassociate ourselves from any discussion to retain power in the North after having an uninterrupted seven years; and we will stop at nothing to mobilise support against this position, for we can’t watch certain individuals endanger our future.
“We see their position as that of someone who enjoys power and will stop at nothing to retain it because it keeps them relevant within the political arena.”