No Opposition Party Can Challenge Lalong In Plateau – COS

2 months 1 week ago #9256 by patrickd

The success recorded by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State in almost eight years of his administration has further endeared him to the electorate, while the opposition political parties in the state are thrown into disarray.

Mr Yakubu Dati, the Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) stated this on Thursday in a statement issued to journalists in the state.

Dati stated that the opposition parties in the state, especially the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) had further exposed their naivety by kicking off their campaigns in Shendam, the Local Government Area of Lalong.

Lalong apart from being the Director-General of the APC Tinubu/Shetima Presidential Campaign Council is also the party’s candidate for the Plateau South Senatorial Zone.

Dati explained that the kick-off of the political campaign in the Local Government Area was a futile attempt to bring down Lalong.

The statement hinted that Lalong as the leader in the state had entrenched himself in the electorate, adding that he used the last yuletide holidays to further familiarized himself with his constituents.

He said: Lalong spent almost a week interacting with communities, religious leaders and support groups, cascading the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda to the grassroots, which was well-received, rendering opposition parties extinct.

“The period was a demonstration of what a government of the people by the people really meant as the people interacted first-hand with their Governor. With the deepening of this bond with the people, the opposition parties lost focus and began to panic thinking that relocating to Shendam would be a counter-strategy.

“As if that was enough sign of panic, the social media-strong Labour Party, also launched its governorship campaign in Langtang LGA, a neighbouring local government to Shendam all in the bid to try and keep their heads above the water that is about sweeping them away.”

Dati expressed that as Governor of Plateau, Lalong had reconfigured the political stratosphere from the backwaters of insecurity to truly, a ‘home of peace and tourism’ through intentional and deliberate policies, projects and institutional framework as encapsulated in the rescue agenda.

He emphasised that the governor created the first-ever Peace Building Agency, which attracted international attention, stressing that other states in the country had since adopted the measure as a way of ensuring peace in their domain.

He stated that Lalong’s experience as a two-term Speaker of the State House of Assembly had been deployed to steer the ship of the APC from conflicts.

He emphasised that as Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Lalong led a courageous campaign to zone his party’s presidency to the south, for fairness, justice and national integration.

He pointed out that these credentials, no doubt played a major role in his elevation as the Director-General of the Presidential Campaign Council of APC.

He expressed that the youths of the state had shown their allegiance to the governor, maintaining that Lalong was determined to deliver Plateau State to Asiwaju.

SOURCE: Independent

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