Former governor of Plateau State, Fidelis Tapgun, has confirmed opening a campaign office in Jos, ahead of the September governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, saying it is to enable him conclude consultations on contesting the governorship seat.
Tapgun, who spoke with our correspondent in Abuja, said he has gone far in terms of consultation with the people but said there are relevant stakeholders in the state like the governor who he is yet to reach.
The former governor who is a member of the current National Conference said he will make his position on contesting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket in the state known immediately he concludes consultation.
“It is true I have opened an office but I am still consulting with the people. Though consultations are ongoing, there are other critical stakeholders in the state like the governor which I am yet to meet on the matter. But as soon as I do that, you will know my position,” he stated.
Tapgun said for fairness, the next governor of the state should come from the Southern senatorial zone of the state as he said the two other zones have taken their turns in the present dispensation while the southern senatorial zone is yet to get a chance in the present dispensation.
He said it would be erroneous for people to say the southern zone has had its turn and is on an equal footing with the other zones saying the present dispensation which is recognised in the Nigerian Constitution takes effect from 1999.
He said even if the term spent in office by both him and the Late Solomon Lar are to be counted, the argument favours the southern zone as the time spent by the two of them does not equal the eight years spent by the other zones in the current dispensation but expressed optimism that the issues would be resolved amicably.