Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has reiterated his commitment to the completion of ongoing projects before the end of his administration especially the British America flyover, legacy projects, and the Jos main market billed to commence soon.

The Governor also debunked the insinuation of endorsing some aspirants for the various political offices in 2023, saying, he has not endorsed any aspirant for any seat but he is praying God will guide the people to make a choice that is in the best interest of the people, the State, and nation.

He spoke while addressing an APC Stakeholders’ meeting in Jos where he stated, “I have not adopted or anointed any aspirant for Governor or any other office. While very suitable members of our party have indicated interest to vie for different offices, we are carrying out consultations with all key stakeholders to ensure that at the end of the day, the best persons emerge to fly our party’s flag. When such time comes, we will make it public and not hide it. I am praying that God will guide all of us to make a choice that is in the best interest of the people and our State and nation.”

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He added that although all the aspirants will be given a level playing field to test their popularity and acceptance, at the end of the day the will of the majority will prevail while only one person will emerge for any office and cautioned against negative campaigns and the use of foul language by aspirants and their supporters, saying such could end up being counterproductive for the APC as the opposition will use it to discredit the party at the general elections.

On the deadline for public servants and appointees seeking elections to resign, the Governor, according to a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham gave those concerned up till the end of this week for those yet to comply to do so in order not to fall foul of the new electoral law and thanked the APC members for their support and sacrifices, particularly during the last bye-elections which the party won one and lost one, urging that they should close ranks to ensure victory in the forthcoming bye-elections for Bassa and Jos East State Constituencies.

Also speaking, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase charged members of the APC in Plateau State to come together and work in unity for the success of the party at the Local, State, and national levels and called on the party’s faithful to continue to support the Governor who is the leader of APC in Plateau State, particularly towards ensuring that a smooth succession plan is attained where APC will retain the Governorship and win more seats at the State and Federal Levels and advised all the aspirants for various offices not to be desperate as power comes from God alone.

State Chairman of the APC, Rufus Bature added the party has mapped out strategies for more electoral victories as well as reconciliation and announced that the party office will soon move to Kalwa House from its present location where members will have more room for the party’s activities.