Ahead of the governorship and state Assembly elections on April 11, 2015, political gladiators in Plateau State have shifted the battle for the number one seat to new heights.
With a few days to the D-day, the All progressives Congress governorship candidate, Barrister Simon Lalong, has moved his campaigns from community to community, especially the Tiv and the Igbo communities in Jos, to seek their support for the task of securing victory at the polls.
A former Governor, Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun, was among the team that met within the metropolis with the Ibo community.
Lalong and Eunice Ayisa, among others seeking various elective posts on the platform of the APC had also met with the Benue communities made up of the Tiv, Idoma and Igede, to canvass support.
Tapgun on his own reminded the Igbo group that in 2007, he had presented Governor Jonah Jang to the same community in the same hall.
He said it was in the same vein he is presenting Lalong for the same job, describing Jang as someone who has deviated from the dream of the Plateau, which the founding fathers like Solomon Lar through his non-inclusive style of governance bequeathed to them.
Ambassador Tapgun however affirmed that an opportunity for change has come and that the Igbo should not be deceived in making their choice of who would govern the state.
On his part, Lalong said he would run an all inclusive government where the Igbo would be given fair representation.
While assuring the people that he would rebuild their market for business activities to thrive once again if elected, he maintained that the era of primitive acquisition of wealth would be a thing of the past.
The town hall meeting culminated into a visit to the Eze Ndigbo II of Jos, Prof. J.E.C. Obilom, by Tapgun and some selected leaders of the Igbo community in Jos for royal blessing.