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The odds should favour Jos North

As Nigerians anxiously await the list of persons that will make the new national council of President Muhammadu Buhari, many communities across Nigeria, are hopeful that some of their sons will make the new cabinet, in appreciation to their contribution to the coming of the Government on the throne of power for the second term.

In Plateau State, individual communities have giving their supports to the coming of the Buhari administration, however, in specific terms the Jos North Local Government Area, gave out the bulk of the votes that put them in second place ahead of others in the country, going by the statistics of 2015 results and same was done in 2019, with significant majority of the votes coming from mainly the Hausa and Fulani communities in the LGA.

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However, in spite of their voting strength, which is not only capable of voting into office President Buhari, but also has always been the hope of any Governorship candidates in the State to have their support. They massively voted Governor, Simon Lalong, which gave him the wings and feathers that flew him ahead of late Gyang Pwajok, to be the State Governor, in 2015, yet in the last four years what the community gained in return from both the federal and state governments either as infrastructure development or key appointments did not in any way commensurated with what they have invested.

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The community have once more demonstrated their patrotic and democratic supports to both the APC as a party, Simon Lalong, and President Muhammadu Buhari, as a Candidates, at pre and during the 2019 general elections, however, what will be their reward for it, is a rethoric questions that only time will tell as the APC new administration commences its four years journey to 2023.

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For the records, the antecedents of last four years as it affects the development/progress or otherwise of the communities, reflecting on the physical happenings in terms of infrastructure development or appointive positions in appreciation of their efforts, are thoughts to ponder on.

To put the records right, Plateau State has, 17 LGA, and in 2015 the APC/Lalong, scored for the Governorship elections: 13,151, votes in Barkin Ladi, 28,770, in Bassa, 35,689, in Bokkos, 15,356, in Jos East, 117,443 in Jos North, 31,760, in Jos South and 41, 513, votes in Kanam. They also got 18,458, votes in Kanke, 25,202, in Langtang North, while 13,663, in Langtang South. 74,981, in Mangu, 12,512 votes in Mikang, 33,364, in Pankshin, 27,472, in Quan’pan, 7,253 votes from Riyon, 40, 464, in Shendam, whereas, Wase gave, 27,844 votes. From the foregone records one will be right to say if not for the block votes of Jos North LGA, the APC and Lalong wouldn’t have been in Governance.

In the Presidential elections for 2015 APC/ Buhari won in only 5 out of the 17 LGAs, with 22,625, votes in Bassa, 11,765, in Barkin Ladi, 13,117, in Bokkos, 10,875, in Jos East, 177,505 in Jos North, 22, 490, in Jos South and 58, 859, votes in Kanam. 8,063, votes was scored in Kanke, 9,416, in Langtang North, while 9,977, in Langtang South, 52,977, in Mangu, 4,994, votes in Mikang, 11,558, in Pankshin, 19,616, in Quan’pan, 5,291 votes from Riyon, 25,839, in Shendam, whereas, Wase gave, 35, 940 votes.

And whereas; the presidential results for the 2015 elections, showed that Jos North LGA, gave APC/ President Muhammadu Buhari, 177,505 valid votes, far ahead of all the 16 LGAs, out of the cummulative, 429, 140 scored in the State, again statistics indicated that the bulk of the 177,505 votes came from the Hausa and Fulani communities in the Local Government Area.

Going by their efforts in both financial and ballot support before and during the election, it was then  hoped that both the APC and President Buhari, would have reasoned to consider their sons for recognition and appointments into key positions, but contrary was the case.

A community member, Muhammad Salisu Muhammad said; “when the President was making appointment in 2015, we thought members of our communities would be considered, but none was deemed important to be so appointed. While the State Governor, Simon Lalong, is from the Southern Zone of Plateau State, Mr. President also appointed his former minister, Solomon Dalung, from the same Southern zone.”

Muhammad Salisu Muhammad furher said; “We could recalled that the President also appointed two Ambassadors from the State, and initially both late Abdullahi Wase and Mrs. Pauline Tallen, hails from same Southern zone of the State, when Mrs. Tallen, rejected the appointment, her replacement was made with Mr. James Dimka, from the Central zone, where the deputy Governor also hails from.”

According to Muhammad, at the APC level, two board of trustee members that represented the State, Mrs. Pauline Tallen and Alhaji Yayaha Kwande, all hails from the Southern zone same with Simon Lalong, stressing that as if it was not enough the APC appointed Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Salihu Nakande, from Jos North LGA, who was the pioneer Secretary of the party in Plateau State, as its zonal Secretary North Central, yet the State chapter of the APC, met, rejected it, and the national secretariat replaced him with yet another non-contributing member, Zakari Muhammad Wase, from same Southern zone of the State.

It is imperative to stressed that from the narratives, it was certain that unfair and lopsided appointment in both Government and party positions were mated on the Northern zone of the State, most especially greater neglect was done on Jos North, been the only LGA, aside Jos East, the APC won, out of the six from the zone.

Consequent upon that a pressure group within the APC fold, christened; APC Jos North Next Level Promoters, frowned at how things unfolded in the last period of four years, saying their people have again deemed it wise, voted, Simon Lalong, and President Muhammadu Buhari, whose votes returned both leaders to lead for the next four years.

Governorship for 2019

Similarly, the community have thrown their weights in support of Simon Lalong, to bulldozed Senator, Jeremiah Tumbut Useni, and just for emphasis, it is important to also reflects on the APC scores per LGAs, where it had 18,680, votes in Barkin Ladi, 29,401, in Bassa, 26,219, in Bokkos, 18,602, in Jos East, 108,847 in Jos North, 33,075, in Jos South and 54, 394, votes in Kanam. They also got, 23,360 votes in Kanke, 18,979, in Langtang North, 33,075, in Langtang South, 44,964, in Mangu, 15,150 in Mikang. 35, 769, in Pankshin, 31,962, votes in Quan’pan, 12,729 votes from Riyon, 61,646 in Shendam, while Wase gave, 37,593 votes.

Justice and Fairness is what is expected from Simon Lalong, as show of appreciation to the communities that have done so well using both their resources, times and votes to ensure his successful, retuned on the mantle of leadership. Likewise the APC as a party and President Buhari as an individual.

Presidential results 2019.

Ironically, the APC/Buhari, won in only 5 out 17LGAs, in 2015, same pattern was repeated in 2019, where he scored, 15,390, votes in Barkin Ladi, 27,632, in Bassa, 18,328, in Bokkos, 11,847, in Jos East, 93,800, in Jos North, 25,574, in Jos South and 51,017, votes in Kanam. And 17,946, votes in Kanke, 16,665, in Langtang North, 25,574, in Langtang South, 42,947, in Mangu, 10,869, votes, in Mikang. 21, 607, in Pankshin, 20,872, votes in Quan’pan, 8,710 votes from Riyon, 38,196 votes, in Shendam, while Wase gave, 35,931 votes, respectively.

The APC group through its chairman have recently called the attention of the President saying; “We are certain that Mr. President is not forgetful of our people’s glaring unshakeable loyalty, show of inner most love and admiration, ever in his political pursuit including the quest of becoming President,…”

Political pundits are also of the opinion that, going by the 2015 and 2019 results, alone both the APC as a party and President Buhari, as an individual, “there isn’t any community to be considered first, than that of the Jos North.”

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