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University of Jos VC tasks Plateau governorship candidates on peaceful polls


Professor Tanko Ishaya, VC, University of Jos

By Ude Ogbonnaya Israel

The Vice Chancellor, University of Jos Professor Tanko Ishaya has challenged the gubernatorial candidates in Plateau State to pursue decent electoral process without compromising peace.

The Vice Chancellor equally enjoined any candidate that will emerge victorious at the polls to closely collaborate with the institution as an asset with experts that can assist them with any governmental problem they will encounter.

Professor Ishaya threw the challenge and advise on Wednesday in a Town Hall meeting with gubernatorial candidates in Plateau held at Faculty of Social Sciences, Naraguta Campus University of Jos.

The Vice Chancellor the purpose of the Town Hall is not to tun the institution as a campaign but open ground as well as provide opportunity for the candidates to present unflatterred version of their vision for Plateau.

Professor Ishaya also advised whoever will emerge winner to cultivate the habit of listening to their constituents, including those at the grassroots as well as political opponents who may not see things the same way.

Emphasising the place of peace, Director Centre for peace management of the University of Jos Professor Danny McCain said peace is secured and maintained through an abundant of Information.

He added that democracy and peace work best where there is mutual respect and compromise as demonstrated in Nigeria by Former President Goodluck Jonathan when he lost election to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

The gubernatorial candidates made case on why each of them should be elected as moderated by Voice of America (Hausa) with questions from the audience.

The candidates that participated in the programme include Hon. Solomon Nandy Chendan of ADC, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe of APC, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang of PDP.

Others are Luka Panpe Yakubu of PRP, Engineer Ponya Ibrahim of SDP and Engineer Manji Gontori of YPP excluding Dr. Patrick Dakum of LP who sent a notice that he woun’t be available.

Climax of the town Hall meeting was a pledge and signing of peaceful conduct pact by the six gubernatorial candidates present.

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