The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Plateau State, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, on Monday said he was still consulting on who would stand as his deputy during the forthcoming 2023 general election.
Yilwatda, who emerged as the APC governorship candidate over a month ago, stated this when he visited the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Jos, the state capital.
According to him, I’m still consulting with all stakeholders in Plateau to make sure that the person I will choose as my running mate is acceptable to the people. Moreover, I still have time allowed by the law to do that. So, why should I be in a hurry?
Yilwatda, who resigned his position as the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission in Benue State, to contest for the Governor of Plateau, also said that contrary to widespread speculations, he was not a state government candidate but that of the APC.
“I’m not part of the government. If the APC is not the ruling party in Plateau, I would still have emerged as the party’s candidate,” he added.
Yilwatda decried the incidents of killings and kidnappings going on in the state, saying he was prepared to address the problem and other challenges facing the state if allowed to become the governor.
“If you look at all the security challenges in Plateau, you will discover that they are all land-related or religious inclined crisis.
“If I become the governor of the state, I will create the Ministry of Internal Security to manage both the kinetic and non-kinetic dimensions of the security in the state
“From 2006 till date, the amount we have been sharing to the state as federal allocation has been reducing.
“We haven’t mainstreamed our state economy to serve the needs of the people.
“The economy may collapse if we don’t reverse this and we will restructure our state economy to achieve the purpose.
“As a governor, we will set 13 per cent of the revenue for the vulnerable trust fund.
“I will ensure we increase the opportunities that we have in the rural communities to empower our people.
“I’m coming to do abnormal things in Plateau.
“I believe in big things and I will do big things for the people if elected, ” the governorship candidate assured.