Former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang and a 2019 Presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says Nigeria’s Middle-Belt region deserves a chance to produce the next President for the country.
This he said is because the zone has yet to produce an elected President under the Nigerian constitution despite being at the centre of the country’s sociopolitical growth.
“The Middle Belt is a huge statement about the Nigerian diversity. It is the glue of the north, the bridge of Nigeria, the guarantor of national unity and oneness, and has sustained the north over time,” Jang said while declaring his intention to run for the office of the President in 2019.
Mr. Jang who is the current Senator of Plateau North in the National Assembly said the region should be given a chance “in the spirit of one Nigeria, for the inclusion of minorities, for the purpose of fair play and equity.”
He assured that the country will experience robust transformation if given the mandate in the 2019 general elections slated for February 2019.
“The Middle Belt is a firm believer in Nigeria and the Nigerian project. Under me, the best of Nigeria will emerge,” he said.
“I believe we can make it to the top ten nations of the world in no distant future. I have come to help position the country in that direction by purposeful leadership.”
Jang who is currently standing trial for corruption vowed to foster justice, fairness and the rule of law while prioritizing peace and security nationwide.
He said, “Alongside growing the economy, all anti graft agencies will be strengthened and made to fight corruption within the confines of the rule of law.
“They will be given space to operate freely and independently, and periodic review of their laws will be undertaken.
“The fight against corruption will be total, balanced, consistent and sustained.”
He also vowed to restructure the country’s political system for better efficiency.
“The clamour for restructuring will be addressed in line with the provisions of our laws.
“Restructuring and reorganizing Nigeria to the comfort of all Nigerians is a task I will face with commitment.
“If we have operated a system for 58 years and Nigerians are asking for a review of the structures, there is no need to delay it further.”
Jang is contesting the highest seat in the country’s political leadership under the PDP alongside former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi and a host of other gladiators.