- Plateau elders have endorsed Senator Jeremiah Useni for governorship race ahead of 2019 elections
- Useni, who is representing Plateau south in the National Assembly, was a former minister of FCT under the late Head of State, Sani Abacha
- The elders said Useni's choice was through painstaking consultations and interaction with various interest groups including the aspirants
The senator representing Plateau south in the National Assembly and former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jeremiah Useni (rtd), has received the endorsement of his people, Tarok nation, to contest for the 2019 governorship election in Plateau state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This Day reports that a statement signed by the chairman and the secretary of Tarok Elders Forum (TEF), Canon Selcan Miner and Danjuma Rimdan, respectively observed that: “The emergence of plethora of eligible aspirants of Tarok extraction for the gubernatorial race in Plateau state has generated some concern within the generality of the Tarok people.
“The leader and elders have therefore engaged the different stakeholders and carried out broad consultation within and outside the Tarok nation, especially with the wider Plateau state family with a view to settling down on and putting forward a single aspirant to the good people of Plateau state for consideration and support.”
Describing Useni as a “quintessential and consummate public officer, infrastructural development guru with vast exposure on security management and peace-building strategies”, Miner said his emergence was through painstaking consultations and interaction with various interest groups including the aspirants.
He said: “The leadership of the Tarok nation places on record, the deepest respect and appreciation to all the Tarok aspirants for their cooperation and active participation in the process leading to the decision, especially those who presented themselves in person or were creditably represented at all the interactive sessions, and pray that history will give them a pride of place.”
Other PDP aspirants from Tarok tribe include Ponyah Ibrahim, Chief Jimmy Cheto and Senator Victor Lar, among others.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that a disagreement occurred between members of the House of Representatives from Plateau state over a statement reportedly credited to Ahmed Idris Wase that over 300 persons were sponsored by politicians to Israel to learn to kill people.
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