Late Senator Ignatius Longjan.

By M. Peter – Jos

The Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial zone, Ignatius Longjan is dead.

Longjan, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, a retired career diplomat, was deputy to former Governor, Jonah Jang between 2011 and 2015.

The crises which rocked his former Party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at that time, forced him to decamp to the APC in 2015.

The deceased was the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism. He was also former Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, recalled how the former Deputy Governor “served Plateau State steadfastly and loyally from 2011 to 2015, and also played a significant role in ensuring political stability in the State all through the period of various security challenges that the State passed through.”

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In a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Lalong said the death of the elder statesman is a huge loss to not only his family, the people of Plateau South Senatorial District, but the entire State because of his immense contributions to the development of the State and the nation.

His words, “We have lost a man of honour and candour who in all his affairs always put the interests of Plateau State first. His humility, humanity and wealth of wisdom was always at display when he weighed on any issue that concerns people. We will surely miss him.”

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong has visited the family of Late Senator Longjan today Monday 10th February 2020, in Gwarimpa Abuja to condole with the family of the loss of the deceased.

Senator representing Plateau South, Ignatius Longjan, is dead Governor Simon Lalong, during a visit to the family of the Late Senator Longjan.Photo credit: Josiah Jenvulu.

He said the Plateau State is in a sober mood as the late Senator left a huge vacuum that will be difficult to fill.

Lalong received all members of the National Assembly from Plateau State at the Governors lodge Abuja led by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Alhaji Idris Maje.

The Governor told the members that the death of their colleague should not deter them from pursuing the interests of Plateau State at the National Assembly.