From Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
Ahead of the party governorship Primaries coming up soon, the coalition of Civil Societies in Wukari local government area of Taraba state on Monday called on major political parties in the state to consider aspirants from the local government as their choices candidates.
Mr Andokari Tswenji, secretary of the coalition who made the call at a press conference in Jalingo said that the local government which has the highest votes of a single local government area in the state will only vote the party that gives their ticket to someone from Wukari.
The group condemned last Tuesday’s attack on a military convoy in Takum and bombing of military base in Jalingo and urged the security agencies to try and bring the culprits to book.
“We as proponents of internal democracy are of the view that all the political parties need to conduct their primaries to fill in candidates for the 2023 general election in compliance with their parties’ guidelines and INEC Timetable. We therefore, call on all political parties, especially the two major ones (PDP and APC) to ensure a level playing ground for inclusive participation of all members of their political parties to be able to produce credible and saleable candidates across the political positions.
“Democracy, they say, is a game of numbers and the simple majority takes the day. We understand that, based on verifiable records, the people of Wukari LGA have long been supporting all the Governors elected from 1992 to date with the largest number of votes as per LGA in shared magnanimity.
“The Coalition of Civil Societies Organization Wukari relying on this, hereby appeals to the conscience of our Stakeholders: Lt. Gen. T. Y Danjuma (Rtd), Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, the good people of Northern and Central Taraba State, the State APC Chairman, Hon. Tukur El-Sudi, Esq., the State PDP Chairman, Col. Agbu Kefas (Rtd), the National Chairmen of APC and PDP, Senators Abdullahi Adamu and lorchia Ayu respectively and all the Statutory Delegates of both APC and PDP to recognize the shared magnanimity displayed by the people of Wukari LGA since 1992, and reciprocate same gesture by giving One of our sons the opportunity to pilot the leadership of Taraba State come 2023.
“We wish to state categorically that any of the political parties (APC or PDP) that heed to our appeal, will have our unalloyed support and massive votes. Wishing all the Political Parties hitch-free primaries and successful General elections in 2023” Tswenji said.