Mr. Simon Lalong.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – A political group in Plateau State, the All Progressives Congress, APC Strategic Monitoring Team, APC-SMT has declared support for the State Governor, Simon Lalong on his choice as the Director General of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Organisation saying it is “the best deal for our people and our State.”

The group in solidarity reiterated the readiness to support the Governor to succeed because the assignment is not just a mere appointment but an opportunity for political negotiations which would benefit the State.

Addressing journalists on Friday in Jos, the group through its Coordinator, Golepji Wambutda insisted that rather than stand on the sideline and complain, the Governor should remain inside and correct whatever abnormality within the Party.

His words, “The APC Strategic Monitoring Team (APC-SMT) is a group of progressives across the 17 LGA of Plateau state that has come together to foster and drive through the tenets of progressives across the length and breadth of the State. Though a political group, we are devoid of excessive partisanship as we place a high premium on national interest, and the principles of justice…

“The recent nominations of Presidential candidates by political parties most especially our party the APC have come and gone. Although the recent nomination of running mates for the Presidential flag bearers across all political parties has brought Religion to the fore of our political discussion, the most prevalent concern among Christians over the Muslim Muslim ticket is not one to wish away by a wave of the hand…

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“In any case, Governor Lalong as the DG of the APC Presidential Campaign Council will ensure that such concerns and more are addressed going forward. We salute and support the decision of our party the All Progressives Congress and the flag bearer Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in appointing our Governor, Simon Lalong to serve as the Director General of the Tinubu Shettima campaign organisation

“His selection provides the other leg of the tripod on which the much-yearned inclusion, fairness and equity are needed to stand. A Presidential Campaign Director General is not just a mere appointment in the Campaign Council, rather it is in the heartbeat of the whole transition process and political negotiations that the foundation of a new Government is set after winning an election.

“The campaign DG as a most critical component of the transition process will promote the needed balance expected of a diverse entity like Nigeria including the concerns of faith… It is in this premise that we are standing in solidarity with him and not only wishing him well in the assignment but expressing our readiness to support him to deliver. It is our sincere hope and belief that, this is the best deal for our people and our state. It is better to remain inside to correct the anomaly than to stand on the sideline and complain…”