The PDP Governorship candidate in Plateau, Barr Caleb Mutfwang on Tuesday unveiled former Chairman, Riyom Local Government Council Hon. Josephine Piyo as his running mate.
In his speech during the unveiling, Mutfwang stated that he had to demonstrate his capacity for leadership by taking a very tough decision regarding the choice of a Deputy Governorship candidate for the party. He, however, added that fortunately for him, he had an array of qualified men and women to choose from stressing that ironically, it was a difficult one since it can only be one person.
The Governorship candidate hinted that in making the decision, he made far-reaching consultations with leaders of the Party, Stakeholders, and various Caucuses before choosing his Running Mate in order to enhance the joint ticket going into the general elections.
According to Mutfwang, “It is pertinent to mention that since my election, I have taken the responsibility of providing leadership seriously.
“I have begun by talking with and where possible visiting my fellow contestants. I am very grateful for their sportsmanship and solidarity thus far.
“The discharge Permit to place on record the unflinching support I have enjoyed from the leadership of our Party across the state, elders, stakeholders, and supporters since I emerged as our Gubernatorial Candidate.
“Some of you will recall that in the course of my campaigns before the party primaries, I made a commitment to giving a voice to the voiceless.
“I make bold to say that a critical segment of our society that is often neglected in leadership considerations is the women folk and yet they form a formidable percentage of our population. For me giving them a voice is a compelling necessity.
“I, therefore, have the honour and privilege of introducing to our party members and Plateau people a respected Plateau woman, mother, grandmother, daughter of Barkin Ladi, wife of the people of Riyom.
“She was trained as a healthcare worker and served as public administrator before becoming a consummate politician. Ladies and gentlemen behold the Honourable Mrs. Josephine Chundung Piyo, as my Running Mate”
The PDP Governorship candidate further expressed his confidence in the choice of his running mate for the fact that she is a grassroots and cosmopolitan politician, a loyal party woman believing that she would bring along with her a wealth of experience, having served the State dutifully and diligently as a Nurse, Teacher before venturing into politics when she got elected into the Plateau State House of Assembly in 1999. He said that thereafter, She served as Special Adviser to the Executive Governor, of Plateau State from 2008 to 2011 and later got elected as the Chairman of Riyom LGC from 2014 to 2015.
He passionately appealed to every true PDP man and woman of good conscience to join hands in what he called a great task of winning the 2023 elections to enable the party to bring succour to the good people of Plateau State.