Jonah David Jang

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Jonah David Jang
Military Governor of Benue State
In office
August 1985 – August 1986
Preceded byJohn Atom Kpera
Succeeded byYohanna Madaki
Military Governor of Gongola State
In office
August 1986 – December 1987
Preceded byYohanna Madaki
Succeeded byIsa Mohammed
Governor of Plateau State
In office
29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015
Preceded byJoshua Dariye
Succeeded bySimon Bako Lalong
Personal details
Born (1944-03-13) 13 March 1944 (age 76)
Du, Jos South LGA, Plateau State, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Military service
Branch/serviceNigerian Airforce
RankAir Commodore

Air Commodore Jonah David Jang (born 13 March 1944) is a Nigerian politician who was the Governor of Plateau State from 2007 to 2015. He had previously served as Military Governor of Benue State and Gongola State[1] He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.[2] In 2015, Jang ran and won Plateau North senate seat as his term as Governor of Plateau State drew to a close.[3] In 2018 Jang declared his senate seat vacant and said it was time for the people of Plateau North to decide who would represent at the red chamber.[4][5] Jang was at the time making a nocturnal political consultation to run for the presidential ticket of the main opposition party, PDP for the 2019 presidential election.

Jang was in 2018 arraigned in a Jos High Court by EFCC over allegations of fraud to the tune of 6.3 billion naira of Plateau State fund when he was the Governor of the state.[6][7][8] On May 16, 2018 he was remanded in Jos prison after his application for bail was declined by the court.[9]

on August 28, 2018 Jang formally declared his interest to run for president at the Plateau State PDP secretariat.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Background[edit]

Jonah David Jang was born on 13 March 1944 in Du, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. In 1965 he enlisted as an Air Force Officer Cadet at the Military Training School in Kaduna. He was given flying training at Uetersen in West Germany (1965–1966) and further training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1969 and promoted to Lieutenant in 1970. He attended a course on Supply Operations Training (Logistics) in Denver, Colorado, United States and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1972, Major in 1975 and Wing Commander in 1978, serving in most of the Nigerian air formations during this period.[16]

During the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida he served as Military Governor of Benue State from August 1985 to August 1986, then as Military Governor of Gongola State from August 1986 to December 1987.[1]

He voluntarily retired from the Nigeria Air Force in 1990. Jonah Jang took a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (2000–2002). In 2007, he successfully contested the governorship election in Plateau State on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).[16] He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b Bunmi Awolusi (29 April 2011). "Kaduna, Bauchi hold peaceful elections". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Governor Jang Wins Plateau North Senatorial Seat". Channels Television. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Jang opts out, declares his Senate seat vacant from 2019". Vanguard News. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. ^ Nwachukwu, John Owen (10 August 2018). "Plateau 2019: Jang declares his senatorial seat 'vacant, says he won't run again'". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Pic.7.-EFCC-arraigns-former-Gov.-Jonah-Jang-in-Jos". TVC News Nigeria. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Alleged N6.3bn fraud: EFCC re-arraigns ex-Governor Jonah Jang, cashier". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Alleged N6.3bn fraud: My statement indicting ex-governor Jang taken under duress – Ex-cashier". 10 April 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Ex-Governor Jonah Jang remanded in prison - Premium Times Nigeria". 16 May 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Former Plateau Gov Jonah Jang Joins 2019 Presidential Race". Channels Television. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Accused of diverting N6bn Plateau funds, Jonah Jang wants to be Nigeria's President". 28 August 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Jang joins race for presidency". Vanguard News. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  13. ^ Published. "2019: Former Plateau governor, Jonah Jang declares presidential ambition". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  14. ^ Jannah, Chijioke (22 August 2018). "2019: Ex-governor Jonah Jang joins presidential race". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  15. ^ "I want to be president – Jonah Jang declares". The Sun Nigeria. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Governor Jonah David Jang of Plateau State". Nigeria Governors' Forum. Retrieved 3 January 2010.