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Despite his defeat at the governorship polls, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Plateau State, Senator Gyang Pwajok, has promised to support the governor-elect of the state, Mr. Samuel Lalong of All Progressives Congress, APC.
Pwajok made the pledge recently in Jos at a press conference.
It would be recalled that the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Plateau State, Barrister Simon Lalong, was declared winner of the governorship elections of the state with 564, 913 votes.
Declaring the results, the returning officer for the governorship election, Professor Emmanuel Kucha, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture Makurdi, said Lalong scored the highest number of votes cast in the recently concluded election.
However, before the governorship polls, Pwajok had blamed President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat during the March 28 presidential election on what he described as politics of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) distribution by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Pwajok, who had then spoken with journalists in Jos, the state capital, believed that the outcome of the poll in which the APC candidate, Gen Mohammadu Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan would have been different if INEC had ensured even distribution of PVCs across the states according to the number of registered voters.
Pwajok said: “In my ward, like many other wards across the country, we had an experience where over 800 people were disenfranchised by INEC as a result of PVC hiccups and such persons had no way of getting the PVC themselves except going through the electoral body. So, it means that there was politics of distribution of PVCs which affected the outcome of the elections.”
Before the election, Plateau State has been a stronghold of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party since 1999. The party won in the state in the presidential election of March 28.
It is no longer news that Lalong defeated the PDP candidate, Gyang Pwajok, who is a serving senator representing Plateau north in the National Assembly, with 520,627 votes.
The APC candidate won 11 out of the 17 council areas of the state which includes his home council area Shendam. Mr Lalong defeated Pwajok in his home council area, Jos north, with 117,443 votes; while Mr. Pwajok’s kinsmen gave him 61,391 votes in Jos north.
Other council areas which gave the APC victory were Mikang local government, hometown of Mr. Pwajok’s Director General of Campaign Daniel Kumi, Bokkos, Mangu, Kanam, Jos east, Langtang north, Quanpan and Wase local government area.
Pwajok pulled votes from Barkinladi, Riyom, Bassa, Kanke Langtang south and Jos south, which is the council area of incumbent Governor Jonah Jang.
Meanwhile, supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Plateau state, have won the majority seat in the state Assembly.
But results of the 23 out of the 24 constituency seats so far released by the commission in Jos showed that apart from the serving Majority Leader in the state Assembly, Daniel Dem, 12 other supporters of Gyang Pwajok were elected under the platform of the PDP in the 24 member state Assembly.
The lawmakers include Nyam Dareng,Jos South constituency; Peter Ibrahim,Barki Ladi constituency; Kassam Jacob, Kanke; Yusuf Adamu, Kantana; Amos Kumtul, Langtang North Central; Godfrey Landip, Langtang North North and Vincent Bulus, Langtang South.
Others were Naan Long Ganjil, Mikang; Istifanus Mwansat, Pankshin South; Ezekiel Bauda Afon,Pengana; Dadon Godfrey Dashe, Qu’anpan North; Kudu Simon Alile, Rukuba/Irigwe
The results also show that 10 lawmakers were elected under the plaform of the APC.
They include Sunday Muchen, Bokkos; Ibrahim Baba Hassan, Jos North North; Peter Ajang, Jos North West; Saleh Shehu, Kanam; Abdul Adamu, Mangu North East; James Emmanuel Dakas, Mangu South; Alice Dimlong, Pankshin North; Abubakar Nababa, Qu’anpan South; Harry Hoolong, Shendam and Yakubu Adamu, Wase.
Meanwhile the governor elect of Plateau state, Barrister Simon Lalong has said that peace building and development will be one of his core values.
He stated this while addressing newsmen at the All Progressive Congress, APC, headquarters in Jos shortly after his victory.
According to him, “the choice of me by Plateau people, shows clearly the desire for change’’ this he said, would remain sacrosanct and sacred.
I want the people of the state to regard this victory at the polls as our victory “this victory is for the whole of Plateau people as there is neither a victor nor a Vanquished.
He praised Senator Gyang Pwajok of the Peoples Democratic Party who contested with him for his mature conduct during the electioneering campaigns and extended his warm hands of friendship in building a virile Plateau.
Similarly a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Plateau State, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, has commended the people of the State for demonstrating their political will to effect the desired change that the state needed by electing Barrister Simon Lalong as governor of plateau State.
He gave the commendation while chatting with newsmen at his residence in Jos. He called on the people of the state to embrace Lalong and give him all the support he needs to thrive and excel.
Fasali who is also the National Secretary of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, said the APC led Government will fix Plateau state and Nigeria as a whole.