Muslims in Plateau State who are members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have criticised Governor Caleb Mutfwang for failing to consider them in his appointments.
In response, the governor’s spokesman urged the group not to panic, emphasising that more appointments were coming.
The Plateau PDP Vanguard for Justice, Equity, and Fairness, which made the announcement on Monday in Jos, described the governor’s appointments as “injustice against Muslim party members on the Plateau,” adding that despite all the sacrifices they made during the election, the governor had neglected them.
According to the group, the governor, who had completed 99 percent of his appointments, including commissioners, appointed only one Muslim, which did not reflect the support Muslims, particularly PDP members, gave him
The group, in a statement issued by Christopher Yusuf and Abubakar Musa, chairman and secretary general, respectively, noted that;
We make bold to say that what our party does today on the Plateau in terms of politics and governance as it relates to appointments spells doom for the party in the state. They are totally not in tandem with the mission and the vision of the founding fathers of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The over 60,000 votes the PDP got from Jos North LGA were not devoid of our Muslim members’ votes.
We, therefore, call on Governor Mutfwang to retrace his steps and make some amends even though he has succeeded in making our Muslim members a laughing stock for the opposition parties, some clerics and their followers who stood against us and cautioned them against voting for him during the electioneering campaigns.
Contacted, Gyang Bere, the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the governor, said the state government was taking into cognisance every section of the state irrespective of ethnicity or religion.
We are on board to unite the people of Plateau and we cannot afford to leave any person behind. I know that appointments are coming in bits. Every section or group in the state will be carried along. More appointments are coming. I want to assure this group that they should not panic, Bere said.