By: Alfred Saiki and Reuben Egbah,
Since, Governor Simon Bako Lalong declared his interest last week to contest in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Plateau State there have been several reactions in support and against his declaration.
You would recall that, Governor Lalong, had declared his interest to contest for the governorship seat of the state come 2019, at a Stakeholders meeting of the All Progressive Congress (APC) that held last week, after a Motion was moved by Hon. Edward Pwajok (SAN), seconded unanimously by the party members present, compelling the Governor to so declare.
Reacting on the several views, against and for the declaration, Mr. Yakubu Dati, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, in a telephone interview with REALITY, stated that, it is the responsibility of the APC to choose for itself, who is to represent the party and the person it hopes to promote in the gubernatorial election.
He said he is surprised that some people, especially, Hon. John Akans the Plateau State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, have become “busy bodies” and have started intruding and attempting to direct the actions of the APC in the state.
He said, “I would not have commented but for the purpose of knowledge and direction, I feel those commenting on the Governor’s intention to contest outside the APC are mere busy bodies, especially, Hon. John Akans, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP. The APC as a party is so structured to manage its affairs! The Governor knows that and is following that process. With regards to the Governor’s achievements, we shall expose more when the time comes for all to see and compare.
“The APC, as a party and the Lalong led administration in the state, are too busy to listen to the views of a failed party spokesman for now!”
You would recall that, the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Plateau State chapter, Hon. John Akans, in a recent press statement, made available to REALITY, had condemned the declaration, while describing the move as directly coping President Muhammadu Buhari.