- The son of a former deputy Senate president Ibrahim Mantu, Umar Mantu, has declared interest in contesting the Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency seat
- 32-year-old Umar Mantu said that he was motivated by “an innate desire to serve humanity’’
- Manti promised to seek projects that would improve living standards in his constituency
Umar Mantu, son of former deputy Senate president Ibrahim Mantu, on Tuesday, September 4, in Jos declared interest in contesting the Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency seat.
Mantu, a 32-year-old lawyer, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), shortly after meeting with the Plateau state working committee of the PDP, said that he was motivated by “an innate desire to serve humanity’’.
He decried the dearth of basic facilities in his constituency and promised to seek projects that would improve living standards.
“I feel particularly perturbed at the poor quality of healthcare in my constituency. There are no good hospitals and the schools are in bad shape.
“The youths are energetic and ready to work. They are educated and ambitious, but they have no opportunities.
“The area is generally rural and the people are agrarian, but even basic fertilizer is lacking, making it difficult for the farmers to go beyond basic subsistence farming. What I intend to do is to look at these potentialities and work out ways to explore them toward a better life for my people," he said.
On the persistent violence in Plateau, Mantu blamed that on the massive indolence among youths, saying that hands usually available for such evil would be reduced if there were jobs for the youths.
Mantu also emphasised the need for more education to enlighten people on the need for peaceful co-existence, pointing out that development would always elude the state if the chaos continued. He promised to work toward promoting mutual respect among the residents of Plateau.
“There must be mutual respect along ethnic, tribal and religious lines; once there is mutual respect, there will be mutual confidence and mutual trust," he said.
Mantu expressed confidence that he would pick the PDP ticket and win the general elections because he was representing the youth, who constituted a bulk of the voters in his constituency.
NAN reports that Mantu will slug it out with the incumbent, Solomon Maren, for the PDP ticket.
Also in the race is former North-Central zonal director of the FRCN, Sylvanus Namang, as well as Danlami Jenka, a former director with the Bureau for Public Enterprises.
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Legit.ng previously reported that Alhaji Ibrahim Mera, son to the late emir of Argungu, has declared intention to run for governor under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election.
Mera, a retired deputy comptroller general of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and brother to the current Emir of Argungu, Dr Samaila Mera, declared his intention on Thursday, August 30, in Birnin Kebbi at the state APC secretariat.
Mera will likely battle for the party’s endorsement with the governor of the state, Atiku Bagudu, who is serving his first term in office.
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