House of Rep candidate alley Taraba IDPs fears of being disenfranchised

By Suru Charles

Fears of Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) in Taraba state, being disenfranchised during the upcoming 2023 general elections are no doubt currently being addressed.

Speaking yesterday at a media parley organised by the Taraba state correspondent chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, the House of Representatives flag bearer for Ussa, Takum, Donga constituency on the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Solomon Peter Tertsua, said plans to transport the IDPs to their polling units are being mapped out.

All candidates jostling for one elective position and the other on the platform of the various registered political parties from the aforementioned constituency, according to Tertsua, have agreed to come together to ensure that IDPs are not disenfranchised.

“We have collectively agreed to mobilise all the IDPs from our constituency to their various polling units scattered across the thirty-four wards”. Said Tertsua.

All the candidates will not only mobilise resources for the IDPs to exercise their voting rights but will as well work with security to ensure the safety of the IDPs to and fro from their various camps.

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Tertsua, who is certain of displacing the incumbent member representing the constituency in the House of Representatives, Rimam Shahwulu, expressed sadness that the constituency has been relegated to the background, especially in the area of development.

He alleged that the neglected constituency is where the incumbent governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku hailed from but has no access roads.

“Where the Governor comes from has no access road the people are tired of the lies of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). We can not give the ruling party our mandate again.”

The aforementioned constituency which both the incumbent governor and the former Minister of Defense, Gen. T.Y Danjuma, hailed from, had in recently been enmeshed with unrest. The Trumpet observed that these have led to the wanton destruction of lives and properties and massive displacement of persons.

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