Governor Jonah Jang and his deputy, Ignatius Longjan, have drawn the battleline over who succeeds Jang, as longjan has told his boss that there is no going back on his decision to contest in the November governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
Jang was said to have anointed Senator Gyang Pwajok as his successor on Wednesday before jetting out of Jos to, possibly, India, on a medical trip, leaving several groups in the state in confusion over his decision.
Longjan had been nursing the ambition of succeeding Jang and was said to have gone to seek the governor’s blessings, but Jang was said to have turned him down on the ground that at the inception of his seond term in office, he told the deputy governor that they were going to hand over to younger ones in the state in 2015.
Naija247news gathered that the Plateau State deputy governor, who hails from the southern part of the state, repeatedly told his boss that his people and some elders of the state had given him their support to run for the governorship race in the state, insisting that his mind was made up to purchase the party’s nomination form to stand for party primaries in the state and he would not accept any other position less than the seat of governor in 2015.
Jang was said to have told his deputy not to make the same mistake that his former deputy, Pauline Tallen, made, warning his Longjan, who was his chief of staff during his first tenure in office that he could go ahead to pursue his political ambition, but should not count on his support.
Naija247news gathered further that the planned media declaration of Amb Longjan billed for Wednesday at the Deputy Governor‘s Office by 3.00pm had to be called off for undisclosed reasons while his official residence, renovated by Jang was dedicated same evening, giving Longjan no space to address the media on his governorship ambition.