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"LALONG SAVE OUR HERITAGE” INDIGENOUS YOUTH GROUPS OF JOS NORTH (AFIANABER). Press text delivered by Afizere, Anaguta and Berom Youths (AFIANABER) Jos North L.G.A. on Friday: 1st October, 2021. Gentlemen of the press, we bring greetings to you. We must commend the role you are playing in strengthening democracy via your informative and educative reportage and it is highly appreciated. It has become imperative for us to address you and the entire world on the unfortunate political catastrophe which has befallen Jos north, our dear local government. This has to do with the recent party primaries of the APC that was supposed to have been conducted to select flag bearers of the party for the upcoming Local Government Election in the state. While primaries were being conducted in other local government areas, the process was postponed in Jos North by the party basically because of insecurity among other reasons. To our greatest consternation, as we were keenly waiting for a new date, news started filtering in the air that Hon. Shehu Bala has been selected as the flag bearer of the party. It is very instructive to note here that three indigenes comprising of Afizere, Anaguta and Berom all bought the APC nomination forms were aspiring for the Chairmanship ticket. The reasons for the undemocratic selection of Shehu Bala, a non indigene against the other three indigenous aspirants have not been communicated to us by the party or any of our representative in government. Whatever such reasons might be is biased, unjustifiable, unfair, cruel, harsh and is totally unacceptable to us as owners of the land. We the indigenous tribes of Jos do not just see it as an affront on our collective psyche but an insult which we shall not fold our arms and allow to continue. To the best of our knowledge, there was no APC primary elections in Jos North either through direct or indirect primaries. There was no even consensus as is enshrined in the APC constitution as the three indigenous communities were neither consulted or carried along. The Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) should take note of our stance in view of such illegality and injustice against our people. For any election to take place in Jos north, there must be transparency, justice and fairness to produce a government of the people and not a government of imposition. Government of Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong hinged on the mantra of rescue, should come to our rescue in Jos North. Hon. Shehu Usman Bala contested for the position of chairman in Jos North having served for more than two years as the management Committee secretary under the chairmanship of Hon. Theresa Azi. He was later elected as the APC flag bearer in 2018 and later again appointed as the management committee chairman of Jos North L.G.C for about two (2) years now. His appointment was faced with stiff resistance by the three indigenous tribes of Jos North L.G.A. But there was a quick intervention by the Governor through the Secretary to the State Government Professor Danladi Atu and Five (5) commissioners from Northern zone were part of the meeting. After an exhaustive deliberation, they assured us that the appointment will last for only 3 months only, after which the appointment of the Jos north chairman shall be rotated on a quarterly basis amongst the three tribes. That was after they have threatened to send armed bikers to go and shoot at sight any protester. As we are addressing you now, the Shehu Bala spent almost two years in office. Governor Simon Bako Lalong should rescue us from the mal administration of Hon. Shehu Usman Bala, which was characterize by issuing indigene certificates to Hausas, Fulanis and other non indigenes; nonpayment of staff salaries and allerge illegal sales of Local Government Properties, and assets as well as supervising and encouragement of land grabbing. Hon. Shehu Bala and his political god fathers in Jos how are not serving for unity of the indigenes a

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