Plateau State PDP 2015 governorship candidate, Gyang Pwajok, is dead

The Plateau State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 elections, Gyang Pwajok, is dead.

The Head of his media team during the electioneering, Chuwang Dung, confirmed the development to journalists in Jos, via a telephone interview.

He however said an official statement would be issued by the late Mr. Pwajok’s family later.

Sources close to the late politician had told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Pwajok died late Wednesday in an Indian hospital.

Mr. Pwajok, a former senator, was the governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2015 general election.

He narrowly lost the election to Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress.

He was also the immediate past senator for Plateau northern senatorial district.

Mr. Pwajok succeeded late Senator Gyang Dantong, who died of shock while attending a mass burial of persons killed by insurgents in Barkinladi in 2012.

The acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, has mourned the sudden death of the party’s flag bearer , GNS Pwajok.

“We are indeed shocked by the news of the loss of this strong, committed and outstanding party man, especially coming at the time when he was still pursuing justice on his deprived victory at the April 11 governorship election.

“Senator Pwajok lived a patriotic citizen and a brilliant lawmaker who gave his all and discharged his responsibilities with unequalled forthrightness, loyalty and commitment to the development of his state and our dear fatherland in general.

“The PDP family nationwide joins the immediate family of Senator Pwajok and our fold in Plateau state in mourning and praying God to grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” PDP said.

I have very fond memories of GNS Pwajok. I sat with him, at his home on boxing day, for a very memorable 90 minute interview about his plans for Plateau State. What struck me was how easily accessible he was and how candid he was in spite of the fact that he had never met me before.

He was even kind enough to wait patiently while we took almost 45 minutes to purchase another harddrive so we could extend the interview.

As Rawlings Datir said, GNS Pwajok will be remembered for his oratory and soundness.

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