- Gwaman Datong, a PDP governorship aspirant in Plateau has urged indigenes and residents in the state to obtain their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC)
- Datong said that the PVC is the people's tool to effect desired change
- He said his vision was to lay a solid foundation for the development of the state
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Plateau state, Gwaman Datong, has urged the electorate to take part in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to empower them for voting in the 2019 general elections.
In a statement issued in Abuja by him on Friday, April 27, he said taking part in the exercise was the only way the electorate could have their choice of leaders, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Datong, who is seeking PDP’s nomination to contest the state governorship election in 2019, said: “I have been going round and meeting people telling them to make sure that they get registered and obtain their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC).This is because we can’t make the change we desired without getting the PVC.’’
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to engage in more aggressive campaign towards sensitising the electorate to CVR.
Datong said: “We need strong running system that will give constant information, especially those at the grassroots on the exercise."
Stating his plan for the state if he became the governor of Plateau, Datong said his vision was to lay a solid foundation for the development of the state.
He said: “We will start by encouraging science education right from primary school because am looking at building for the future.
“We are going to encourage going to the sciences because in the nearest future, we will have people to build the future for Plateau.
“I am not looking at the agricultural sector in terms of produce alone but how do we process the produce a little to add value.
“I visited an incubation centre in Jos and I was shown carrot oil, I was surprised, because this is what we can harness as we have lots of carrots in the state.
“So if we can work towards processing our carrots to a certain level, we will make lots of money from both internal and export market.
“We also have lots of yam in the state, people come and buy them remove the water and send them back to us as yam powder; we can start processing them locally to make extra money,’’ Datong said.
“Similarly, emphasis should be on women development programmes because women constitute more than 50 per cent of the population in the state.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that a former Plateau state gubernatorial candidate, Chris Giwas, had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Giwa, who owned a football club Giwa FC of Jos, was received at the PDP secretariat in Jos on Thursday, June 22.
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