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Lalong Not Selected To Appease Christians – Ex-Minister

Lalong Not Selected To Appease Christians – Ex-Minister

Lalong Not Selected To Appease Christians – Ex-Minister

Lalong Not Selected To Appease Christians – Ex-Minister

Adebayo Shittu, a former minister of communications, asserted that, contrary to rumors, Simon Lalong, governor of the Plateau State, was not chosen to appease the Christian community.

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Lalong, who also serves as the head of the Northern Governors’ Forum, was recently introduced as the director general of the Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council at the State House.

During a private meeting at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, introduced the governor to President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.).

He said, “We are here to see Mr. President to brief him and to get his approval of plans that we are having regarding our campaign outfit.

Lalong Not Selected To Appease Christians – Ex-Minister

“And once we have his approval, we intend to make major disclosure. We’re on the same page with the President and the individuals who will play various roles in the campaign.

“The DG of the campaign is seated by my right here. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.

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“We have a spokesperson in the person of Festus Keyamo. The deputy spokesperson is Hannatu Musawa. This is what we came to discuss with the President.”

Adamu explained that the choice of Lalong was based on his ability to do the work required to ensure victory for the Tinubu-Shettima ticket in the next year’s presidential election.

Corroborating his position in a phone interview, Shittu said that the choice of Lalong and spokesman for the campaign council, Festus Keyamo, was not a move taken to appease the Christians, especially in the North.

Lalong Not Selected To Appease Christians – Ex-Minister

He said, “There is no point reading meanings or introducing religious undertone into the move. Lalong is a member of the party and a governor who is almost through with his tenure and he has agreed to accept the position.

“Nevertheless, it is the duty of the candidate to appoint somebody he thinks is capable and can do the work.”

According to the DG of the Asiwaju Tinubu-Shettima Coalition for Good Governance, Lalong is a sociable person, who is at peace with his people, regardless of religion or tribe.

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“Since he became governor of Plateau state, have you heard of any complaints by Muslims? That is because he has been very fair to everyone in the state. We should just thank God that our party is getting it right in all respects,” he said.

When asked about the criteria for selecting candidates for such sensitive position, the ATSCGG director general explained that there is no formal approach to choosing the head or members of a presidential campaign council.

Lalong Not Selected To Appease Christians – Ex-Minister

Shittu further noted that the DG of any presidential campaign team will be required to provide logistics and other necessary details at three different locations in each state.

“Choosing such a candidate has to be the prerogative of the flagbearer and Northern governors. You also have to consider his competence. Keyamo, on the other hand, has certainly been through this before.

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“Any outgoing governor could have been chosen because the job of a campaign council head is to formalize the party’s electioneering exercise in the sense of organizing seat-by-seat arrangements in various states and other logistics. It will also be on a nationwide basis and providing the wherewithal to ensure that the campaign succeeds,” he stated.

On why Oshiomhole, who was earlier touted for the position, was dropped, the former Minister of Communications disclosed that it is down to the decision of the flagbearer and his policy-making team.

Lalong Not Selected To Appease Christians – Ex-Minister

He said, “Everybody knows that for one to be the Director-General of a campaign council, there is an advantage in being a current governor. This is because of the encumbrance of finances, expenditures and security. If you pick someone who is not a governor, you have to start begging for money here and there. But a serving governor will readily provide the money needed.

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“The candidature of Lalong, certainly, pleases my heart with regard to the recent circumstances of our politicking as a nation.”


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