Barr. Caleb Mutfwang, his wife and a supporter during a meeting with delegates.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – A gubernatorial aspirant in Plateau State, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang has appealed to delegates who would participate in the party primary to ensure they are not influenced by the wrong people to get the party ticket but support a credible aspirant who would reposition the State on the path of economic prosperity.

Mutfwang, a former Chairman, Mangu local government area of the State is aspiring to fly the flag of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the 2023 governorship election.

He was during his tenure, the State Secretary of ALGON.

He publicly declared his interest on Thursday at his hometown, Ampang West before moving to Mangu and the Central zone headquarters of the Party in Pankshin, where he stated he would look at repositioning the State’s security using a local solution like an already existing Operation Rainbow, make agriculture a business rather than a cultural practice and explore the potentials in the mining sector.

His words, “… The job of chasing APC out of government is a task that must be done. The PDP can only do that by being united; if we don’t kill APC, APC will kill democracy. I offer myself to be considered and be given the PDP ticket and flag to chase out APC in 2023, if you do that, I will not disappoint your trust.

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“The chief concern of citizens is security, we. can’t do anything without security, we must rejig the security architecture. I am a firm believer in the state police, security federalism so we are going to ensure that Operation Rainbow (a local security outfit) is brought back to life, well equipped, and well serviced to gather intelligence so that security threats can be nipped in the bud.

A cross section of delegates and supporters at the meeting.

“Today, we don’t have anything called Plateau economy, it has practically collapsed and we are such an endowed State with national resources. In agriculture, we must change the way we do it, give priority to dry season farming and expand the value chain and make sure agriculture moves from a cultural thing to business…

“Delegates, please do the right thing no matter the influence, when you choose the right person, we will be able to get Plateau back to a place where it commands respect among other States in the country.”

On his entourage to support his aspiration were some of his former colleagues, representatives of former Deputy Chairmen, representatives of former councilors, among others.

In their remarks, the former Chairmen describe their counterpart as a grassroots politician with the ability to deliver if elected the party’s candidate as Mrs. Josephine Piyo (former Chairperson, Riyom) urged women in their numbers to support the aspirant and encourage the men in their households to give their support too because, “he is a lover of people, a gentle person who will work with women and ensure what is due to women is delivered to them.”

Peter Dung of Jos South added, “what is worth doing is worth doing well, Baba Jang mentored as well, we want our colleague to be supported to bring for our development as he will hit the ground running.”