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Plateau Governorship: Useni Says Old Age Does Not Make Him Unfit



The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate in Plateau State, Senator Jeremiah Useni has dismissed issues about his age saying that his old age was not a barrier to his fitness for office.

Useni, 75 who spoke to newsmen in Jos on Monday said “I am old but not mentally ill and what matters most is the capability of the candidate to deliver good governance to the people.”

Useni was military governor of the old Bendel State between 1984 and 1985 when President Muhammadu Buhari was military head of state.

“I am completely fit to govern Plateau. What is important to the people of Plateau state is competence and a governor who will serve their interest, we must secure Plateau State,  our children must go back to school.

“When I was Minister, there was crisis in the Southern zone. Any time there was killing, I would come round to visit and  we made sure that we had peace in the southern zone eventually. The present administration can not claim credit for the peace in that area.  I know what I did as a Minister to restore peace in the Southern zone and I am prepared to deploy the same strategy for peace in the entire State if I become Governor.”

dismissing insinuations that he was secretly backing his former military boss, Buhari, for the election, he said:

“There is a  line between my friendship to Buhari and my loyalty to my Party, both are two different issues. PDP will win both the Presidential and Governorship elections and I call on the people to continue to support the PDP and its candidates at all levels to enable us achieve victory.”

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