Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Plateau State, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang has picked Mrs Josephine Piyo as his running mate ahead of 2023 general elections.
Piyo was unveiled at a brief ceremony held at the State PDP office in Jos on tuesday. Piyo a grassroots politician is a former Chairperson of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State and former lawmaker of the State House of Assembly.
Barrister Mutfwang said the choice of Piyo is about giving a voice to the voiceless.
He said “It is pertinent to mention that since my election, I have taken the responsibility of providing leadership seriously.
I have begun with and where possible visiting my fellow contestants.
I am very grateful for their sportsmanship and solidarity thus far. The permit to place on record the unflinching support I have enjoyed from the leadership of our party across the State, elders, stakeholders, and supporters”
“Today is the day of history, I must continue to demostrate my capacity for leadership by taking a very tough decision- the choice of a Deputy Governorship candidate for our great party.
Fortunately for me, I have an array of qualified men and women to choose from.
Ironically it is a difficult one, since it can only be one person.
In making this decision, I have made a far-reaching consultation with leaders of our party. Stakeholders, and various caucuses before choosing my running mate to enhance the joint ticket going into the general elections.”
“Some of you will recalled that in the course of my campaigns before the party primaries, I committed 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 previlege of introducing to our party members and Plateau people a respected Plateau woman, mother, grandmother, daughter of BarkinLadi and wife of the people of Riyom.
“She is trained as a healthcare worker and served as a Public Administrator before becoming consummate politician.
Ladies and gentlemen behold the Honourable Mrs Josephine Chundung Piyo, as my running mate”.
Mutfwang further described Mrs Piyo as a grassroots and cosmopolitan politician, a loyal party woman, brings along with her a wealth of experience, having served our great spate dutifully and diligently as a Nurse, teacher before venturing into politics when she got elected into the Plateau State House of Assembly in 1999.
She therefore served as a Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Plateau State from 2098-2011. She was elected as Chairperson of Riyom Local Government Council from 2014-2015.
Mutfwang appealed to”every true party man and woman of good conscience to join hands with us in this great task of winning the 2023 elections to enable our party the PDP bring succour to the good people of Plateau State”,
Stressing “Our doors remain open for advice and consultations as we stay united”.
9News Nigeria reports that Mrs Piyo who accepted the position expressed her gratitude and assured of working to give the party a victory.
She promised women and youths that she would do her best to give them a better representation, if elected.