Sen. Gyang Pwajok, the PDP governorship candidate in Plateau, has cautioned his opponents against campaigns aimed at dividing the people along the lines of religion, tribe and senatorial zone.
“The people of Plateau want to hear what the candidates have for them and how they plan to tackle basic concerns like low agricultural yields, poverty, unemployment and security.
“They also want candidates to tell them what they would do to check infant and maternal mortality and other health challenges in the urban areas and the rural settlements.
“But my opponents seem more attracted to issues around senatorial zones and tribe.
“ Such divisive tendencies are not in tandem with the greater and new Plateau we all aspire for,’’ Pwajok told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Sunday.
He argued that the “zonal obsession’’ was futile since each of the senatorial zones had produced a candidate for the Feb. 28 poll.
“Mr Bagudu Hirse (LP) is from the Central, Simon Lalong (APC) is from the South while I am from the northern zone.
“We should not encourage a situation where each zone will go for its own person because that will polarize the populace. Besides, we do not want a zonal governor,’’ he said.
Pwajok said that his candidature was broad-based and devoid of any sentimental attachment, pointing out that the key officials of his political structure were not even from his northern senatorial zone.
“My support base cuts across all religious, tribal and senatorial zones because we want a united Plateau where we could explore every potential toward excellence,’’ he said.
The PDP candidate promised to focus on human capital development, especially in the health sector, by identifying brilliant youths with flair in various fields who would be trained for quality service delivery.
“Such youths will be given scholarship to train in local and foreign institutions after which they will serve the state on graduation.
“We shall also encourage local governments to provide similar scholarships while corporate bodies in the state shall also be challenged to fund a youth training and employment scheme that would provide opportunities and make Plateau youths assets to the society,’’ he said.
Pwajok also promised to reinvigorate the agricultural sector by reinforcing the Agricultural Training Services Centres to boost the quality and quantity of key products like Irish potatoes while farmers would be linked with marketers to ensure good prices.
“The focus will be to improve the quality of the product using better seeds that could be harvested three times a year.
“ Subsistence farmers would be encouraged and supported with funds and implements for mechanized farming,’’ he said.
He also promised to train and support new entrepreneurs to establish cottage industries to unlock the massive agriculture and industrial potentials in the hinterlands.
The PDP candidate urged the people to support his quest to serve the state by voting for him in the governorship poll, pledging never to disappoint them.