An erstwhile senator who represented Plateau South Senatorial Zone at the apex legislative arm of government between 2011 and 2015, distinguished Senator Victor Mainasara Lar is believed to be working behind the curtains to succeed Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong as Governor in 2019. ViewPointNigeria political correspondent Satmak Dapar has reliably confirmed from different sources that Sen. Lar is making subtle and delicate moves by consulting stakeholders, holding nocturnal meetings with youths and oiling his campaign machineries in advance to have an easy ride. Although the former Senator hasn’t officially said anything in this regard but his body language is suggestive of the fact that he will throw his hat in the ring come 2019. Recently on Social Media, his campaign posters started flooding with the slogan ‘’Mandate 2019’’ and a statement to back the slogan which says ‘’credibility of leadership is only established in actions not in words’’. When ViewPoint placed a call on one of the associates of the Lantang born politician, he said ‘’the rumour you are hearing will come true in 2019. It’s a matter of time. I think we are ready to take Plateau state to a new height and it is only Senator Victor Lar that can do this great assignment.’’
It will be recalled that Sen. Victor Lar contested the Governorship seat in 2015 under the People’s Democratic Party PDP, but lost the primaries to Sen. GNS Pwajok of blessed memory. That however, didn’t go down well between him and former Governor Jang because he and other political stakeholders believed that the emergence of Sen. Pwajok as PDP flag bearer was in gross violation of PDP zoning formula. After the 2015 General elections which gave the ruling APC an edge over other political parties, Sen. Lar started mending fences and putting structures ahead of 2019 to stage a comeback. For now, it is not clear what party platform he intends to use to realize his Governorship ambition but he still remains a card-carrying member of the PDP.
2019 is fast approaching and plans are on top gear by politicians, party faithful, youth groups, security agencies and INEC for another electioneering time. Everything boils down to the masses. Ultimately, the ball is in their court to choose who represents them. It’s possible for Senator Victor Lar to clinch victory just as it was possible for Gov. Lalong but that depends on his calculations and how hard he can work to win the hearts of the good people of Plateau state. More than anything else, his antecedents will speak for him too.
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