Plateau state Governor-elect, Caleb Mutfwang, has extended hands of fellowship to his opponents in the March 18, governorship polls, urging them to join him in building a more united, peaceful and prosperous state.
In a statement in Jos, Mutfwang, also urged the outgoing governor, Simon Lalong, not to dissipate energy over anything, but to join him in building the state as he is not elected to probe anybody.
He called on his closest opponent, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Dr. Patrick Dakum of the Labour Party (LP), to work with him, noting that “Plateau is bigger than all of us”.
The statement signed by Yiljap Abraham, Director, Media and Publicity Mutfwang-Piyo Campaign Council, said the governor-elect, made the appeal on Thursday shortly after he was presented with certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Jos.
“I appeal to my brother, Dr Nentawe to come, let’s work together, Plateau is bigger than all of us”, the statement reads.
“I appeal to Governor Lalong not to dissipate energy, but he should come, let’s work together. I am not after anybody.
“We were not elected to probe anybody, but we were elected to make sure that the lives of the people become better. And that is our focus; that is our agenda.”
Mutfwang commended Dakum for his maturity and brotherhood by calling to congratulate him shortly he was declared winner of the election by INEC.
Mutfwang who dismissed insinuations that the election was rigged, said, “If anybody tells you this election was rigged, he is living in the sky. There’s no way we would have rigged the election. This is a vote by the people, for the people and of the people”.
He said, “The election is over. It is time for governance. It is time to put hearts together and see what is in the best interest of Plateau.
“How can we move Plateau forward? This should be the concern for every genuine Plateau person.”
The governor-elect, expressed gratitude to all Plateau citizens for voting candidates of their choices during the election and for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner.
He called for their support, assuring that he will be governor for all, regardless of political, religious and ethnic differences.