Senator Jonah Jang representing Plateau North in the National Assembly has declared his intention to contest the 2019 Presidential election on the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP) lamenting that Nigeria has become a deeply divided nation, and the basis for the unity of this country is being eroded.
Speaking at the PDP Secretariat in Jos to a mammoth crowd of supporters during the presentation of letter of intent, the former governor of Plateau state said the country is facing enormous security challenges emanating from the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
According to him, the ideals of the founding fathers of this nation are getting farther away from the people, adding that ” I have come with a mantra of Restore Nigeria because I see an urgent need to bring back the founding dream, hope, aspirations and perceptions of greatness of our nation. I believe in Nigeria as a great nation and in its oneness. I believe we can make it to the top ten nations of the world in no distant future. I have come to help position the country in that direction by purposeful leadership.”
He pointed out that PDP, have zoned the Presidency to the North for the purpose of the 2019 elections, noting that the Middle Belt is at the centre of the north as it is the glue of the north, the bridge of Nigeria, the guarantor of national unity and oneness, and has sustained the north over time.
According to him, sadly, however, this zone has yet to produce an elected President under our Constitution, there have been arguments in our party recently to the effect that the zone of the north with the highest number of registered voters should be given the Presidential flag of the party.
Senator Jang added that “this is not the position of the Party. It is only the opinion of some aspirants. The North Central and Middle Belt also have millions of registered voters who want the Presidency this time around. We have supported others before. It is their turn now to also support us.”
According to him, while we do not begrudge those zones that have benefitted repeatedly, we demand that in the spirit of one Nigeria, for the inclusion of minorities, for the purpose of fair play and equity, the Middle Belt should be given the chance and supported in 2019.
“The Middle Belt is a huge statement about the Nigerian diversity. I present myself as the face of the Middle Belt in this contest. I also urge the other parts of the north and the rest of Nigeria to support my candidature for these reasons.
In making this decision to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am mindful of the enormous challenges faced by our nation. I also know that these challenges require more than mere political aspiration and ambition to occupy office for its glamour.”
Senator Jang also noted that Nigeria need extraordinary persons with vast experience and knowledge of this country, with proven record of service and performance. “I therefore, bring my experience in military training, governance, democracy, the Legislature and general development to bear on my decision to lead Nigeria. “
He further opined that ” I present myself to a higher call to the service of the nation.
As President, I will make peace and security a priority of my government and for the nation. To secure this country and its citizens is the primary function and purpose of government.”
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