Friday 19 August 2022


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

A group in the Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the aegis of “APC Strategic Monitoring Team” has thrown its weight in support of the appointment of the Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, who also doubles as the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF), as the Director –General (D-G) of Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Organization.

The group, which made its position known in a press conference at the NUJ, Plateau State press center yesterday, said that, with the critical moment in the political situation in the country, “the dire need to contribute to the political discourse and add flesh to the framework, became very necessary”.

Adding that, their silence in the past needed to be corrected for the common good of the country and its citizens.

In expressing their support for the appointment of Governor Lalong, as DG, the group stated that, “Governor Lalong’s selection provides the other leg of the Tripod on which the much yearned inclusion, fairness and equity are needed to stand”.

According to the Spokesman of the group, the APC Strategic Monitoring Team (APC-SMT) is a group of progressives across the 17 LGAs of Plateau State that have come together to foster and drive, through the tenets of progressives across the length and breadth of the state.

Adding that, “Though a political group, we are devoid of excessive partisanship, as we place a high premium on national interest and the principles of justice. Our core value is to see to the promotion of germane and pertinent principles that add to the advancement of our people in all ramifications”.

APC Strategic Monitoring Team Press Text, dated 19th August, 2022 and signed by, Golepji Wambuldo and Bukhari Auwal, as Coordinator and Secretary respectively, in part reads, “We salute and support the decision of our party the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the flag bearer, H.E Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State, in appointing our Governor, H.E. Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Simon Bako Lalong (KSGG), the Executive Governor of Plateau State and the Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF), to serve as the Campaign Director-General of the Tinubu/Shettima Organization.

“His selection provides the other leg of the Tripod on which the Much-yearned inclusion, fairness and equity are needed to stand.

“for most of us, 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 concern of faith.

“Should he be vilified for his decision to accept the position of a DG Campaign? No! Not at all! Because it does not make sense for the whole field to be deserted and be left without a mark and efforts, to correct the anomaly.

“Also, is the leadership or the quest for leadership going to end in 2023? What about getting involved to make a huge leap in the future?

“The appointment of the DG did not come to us as a surprise because he has never lost any election and has led several successful elections around the nation.

“It will undoubtedly be on record that he has achieved a great feat by fighting doggedly for the entrenchment of fairness that without any iota of doubt has ensured that the APC Presidential ticket moved to the Southern part of the country in a deliberate attempt to foster equity and justice within the polity, which strengthens national cohesion.

“In all fairness to His Excellency, Governor Simon Bako Lalong, was he not instrumental as the Northern Governors’ Forum Chairman in insisting that power must shift to the South?



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