Rufus Bature: Breaking The Vicious Circle Of Ethno-Religious Politics In Plateau North Senatorial District...

RUFUS BATURE; BREAKING THE VICIOUS CIRCLE OF ETHNO-RELIGIOUS POLITICS IN PLATEAU NORTH SENATORIAL DISTRICT

18th February, 2019

Since the suspension of embergo on campaigns by INEC, we have seen how candidates aspiring for elective positions went for broke, canvassing for support using all sorts of tactics to sway voters key into what they have to offer and vote for them on election day.

The battle for Plateau North Senatorial District is not exception as it thrusted three major contenders viz; Hon. I.D Gyang of PDP, Hon Sama'ila Mohammed of PRP and Hon. Rufus Bature of APC.

Hon I.D Gyang is the serving House of Representatives member representing B/Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency and was Permanent Secretary Security during the administration of Senator Jonah Jang. Hon Sama'ila Mohammed is a former Chairman of Jos North LGC and was member representing Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency between 2007-2011 and Hon Rufus Bature is the immediate past SSG of Plateau State and was member representing B/Ladi Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly between 1999-2007.

Amongst these three contestants, Hon Rufus Bature is the only candidate that traversed the length and breadth of Northern Plateau Senatorial District to canvass for support from electorates irrespective of their tribe and religion.

While Hon Sama'ila Mohammed restricted his campaigns to Muslim and Hausa/Fulani communities to whip up sentiment as if he is contesting to become Sultan of Nigeria, Hon I.D Gyang deliberately restricted his campaigns to Christian/Berom communities against the run of play as if he is contesting to become CAN President or Gbom Gwom Jos.

All things being equal, the choice before us is between Justice and bigotry, fair play and foul play, unity of purpose and disintegration in tatters, all inclusiveness and divisiveness.

As for me, my immediate family and all voters I can influence, I have chosen to get involved.

I'd vote Hon Rufus D Bature for Senate even if I wasn't a Chieftain and card carrying member of APC in order to set free my conscience from bondage.

Buhari Auwal

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