REJOINDER: THE AFIZERE YOUTH MOVEMENT (AYM),JOS NORTH LGA RESPOND TO A SAID PRESS CONFERENCE BY ASSOCIATION OF ETHNIC NATIONALITIES IN JOS NORTH LGA.
We the Afizere Youth Movement,in Jos North LGA, want to debunk in clear terms and without any doubt and equivocation that the said Press Conference, that was read by one Agwom Atang,onbehalf of the group is very embarrassing and a meticulous as well as calculated attempt to enmeshed,smear and drag the good image of the Izere nation into a political catastrophe that is awaiting to befall the Natives of Jos North LGA.
We as a nation,will neither reneged nor negate on the recommendations of Justice Niki Tobi’s Commission of inquiry that states unambiguously clear that,Jos North belong to the three Ethnic groups of Afizere,Anaguta and Berom,since then,there has been a gentleman agreement among these Ethnic groups to rotate the Chairmanship position.
For the avoidance of doubt,the said Shehu Bala they are clamouring to imposed on the Peaceful and law abiding citizens of Jos North LGA was appointed as the management committee Secretary of Jos North LGA in 2016 under the management committee Chairman of Hon. Theresa Daniel Azi.
He was also elected as the Flag bearer of APC in Jos North LGA,in 2018. By the year 2020, Governor Simon Bako Lolang appointed him the management committee Chairman of Jos North LGC and the appointment was Characterised by massive protests in the nooks and crannies of the Locality. In order to stem the tide of the scenario,the state Government, through the secretary to the state Government…Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, along side Commissioners for Information and Communications,Hon. Dan Manjang,Hon. Pam Botmang,Works,Hon. Musa Gyang,Science and Technology.Hon. Jerry Werr, Special Duties,NGOs and intergovernmental Affairs.Hon. Aku Abe,Commerce and Industries… called for a meeting of the leadership of Youths from the three natives Ethnic groups in Government House and appealed to our concients and that the management committee Chairman,Shehu Bala will spent only three months and after then, an Indigene will be appointed, moreover he will not contest for the Chairmanship position at the subsequent Election. He spent two years in office before his recent resignation.
They Equally claimed that Shehu Bala and Ezekiel Shina’s candidature will promote peaceful co-existence,that is a lie from the pit of hell,we want to tell the Governor and the good people of Plateau state that, citizens of the Locality are in serious delima for not conducting free,fair, Transparent and democratic Primary Election in Jos North LGA for the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Jos North.
When the APC’s Primary Election was fixed in the entire 17 LGAs,all the card carrying members of the Party in Jos North were prepared and converged at their various voting points to exercise the franchise,then they were informed that the election was postponed in Jos North,due to some security and other technical hitches while other LGAs continued with the process . The people were waiting for the new date to be fixed,but that same day in the night,news came out initially as a rumour and nightmare that Shehu Bala has been emerged as the Flag bearer of APC in Jos North without any explanation on where,when how and who elected him. These are the vital questions that are still begging for answers and there was agreement that he will not contest then probably that’s why he came in a surreptitious manner. Is this Democracy?
All the three indigenous Ethnic groups bought forms and they were ready to test their popularity at the Primaries but that was truncated. They include,Hon. Rapp Pam. Hon. Theresa Daniel Azi and Hon. Ezekiel Shina.
As a nation and Democrats,we want to express our displeasure without mincing words,Democracy is about Justice and fairness,this action is nothing but cruel, undemocratic and it will never entrench democracy and foster even development as well as peaceful co- existence among the citizens of the Locality.
We the Afizere Youth In Jos North LGA,will not leave any stone unturned, neither stand aloof and fold our arms to allow the debacles and fiasco to thrived.
We want to draw the attention of the Plateau state Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) and all authorities concerned to organize a free and fair Primary Election for All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jos North LGA in line with the guidelines of the Party and tenets of Democracy.
The Administration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong is hinged on Good governance and mantra of change,should change the Political situation in Jos North by prevailing on the party hariachy to respect the will of the people not few selfish and egocentric elements and for the sake of fairness,equity, Justice and tranquility.
For the avoidance of doubt,the Signatories of that press conference from Izere nation which includes Hon. Yakubu Atsen,Hon. Jessica Izang,Samuel Arinson, (Stone)Ishaku Azi(Ministo) and Arin Itse, (VODA) John Arin Itse, and Hon. Grace Dashal are the current part time Councillors while some of them are the Aides and direct beneficiaries of Shehu Bala.
We want the whole world to know and note that,such individuals are using the name of Izere to achieved their political and personal aggrandizement.
The said group is amorphous in nature,it will not see the light of the day and stand the test of time.
They claimed that the candidature of Shehu Bala is accepted by all Ethnic groups in Jos North and we stand bold to say that is not true but lies and they want to create unnecessary anxiety amongs the people of Jos North LGA and Plateau state. We the Izere Youth in Jos North, want to set the record straight that we will never take such an hazardous decision that will ruin the future of generations yet unborned.
The Only Umbrella Bodies that can speak for the Izere nation is ACCDA and AYM. The general Public should take note.
In conclusion, we are appealing to the good people of Plateau state,all and sundry to totally disregard that illegality that was meant to ruin and pitch the Izere nation against her neighbours and the entire entire state.
Long live Izere Nation!!!
Long live Jos North LGA!!!
Long live Plateau state!!!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!
JOSEPH ARIN (Chairman AYM)
5th October, 2021.