Prof. Best has formally declared his intention and ambition to run for the Governorship office of Plateau State in 2019 under the platform of the PDP. This declaration took place at a meeting of Party leaders and officials, which held at the Mangu LGA Office of the PDP in Mangu, Friday 12th January 2018.
In attendance were the Central Zone Chairman of the Party, Hon. Benedict Shignugul, the LGA PDP Chairman Mallam Naliti Nashop and the entire LG Executive of the Party. All the Ward Chairmen of the Party and other key officials were present. Also in attendance was the PDP Chairmanship candidate for Mangu LGA, Chief Burki Gufwan, and the Councillorship candidates of the Party in all the 20 state wards of the LGA. Grassroot mobilizers and respected elders of the Party across Mangu LGA graced the occasion.
Professor Best announced that he entered the race to raise the quality of the contest and give Plateau people the opportunity to be governed by leaders with sound ideas and programmes. He maintained that gone are the days when Plateau State should be governed by less than average personalities and their crew. He added that he is in it with very good intentions and will make the state and its people proud by the charisma and quality of delivery that he will bring to governance.
He also reminded the Party that since the inception of the state, Mangu with its large voter population, has only been good at supporting others to occupy the office. However, he opined, it is now time for other LGAs to support Mangu, and called on them to be magnanimous and gracious enough to repay Mangu LGA in good coins.
Prof. Best debunked the idea that he was running against the zoning principles of the state, and argued that the time for Mangu LGA is now, as there has never been any contest where only one Senatorial zone competes. Moreover, he added, Mangu LGA is overdue for zoning having been kept out for long. Besides, a Governor from Mangu will bring quality and experience to bear on the office, and will serve all and provide leadership to the state and the Middle Belt as a whole. He ended on the note that the times are in God’s hands, and plateau State being the project of God will produce its next Governor from anywhere, particularly from Mangu.
The Party officials welcomed the declaration and saluted the courage of Professor Best. They also stressed that by that decision, Prof. Best has made the LGA proud and a key contender in the race. They urged him not to be discouraged along the way, and he should be a good ambassador of Mangu people, as Mangu LGA will not let him down.
Our correspondent believes PDP will surely have a chance of reclaiming the little Rayfield government house in the 2019 general elections. Professor Best will be an appropriate man to take the state from the APC come 2019.