PDP blasts APC governor over comment on farmers/herders clash

PDP blasts APC governor over comment on farmers/herders clash

- Governor Simon Lalong has been asked to go back to school for formal education

- The call was made by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau state

- Recall that the governor had recently claimed both herders and farmers carry weapons

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lectured Plateau governor, Simon Lalong, on how to respond to sensitive matters.

Recall that the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor had recently claimed that herdsmen and farmers carry AK 47 riffles to protect and defend themselves.

In reaction, PDP faulted the governor, asking him to apologise to farmers and Plateau citizens for “selling them out.”

Please go back to school, PDP tells APC governor, Lalong
PDP has urged governor Lalong to go back to school for additional education. Photo: @DanManjang1
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Meanwhile, APC leadership described the opposition PDP’s criticism as not only ill-conceived but misplaced and mischievous, The Nation reports.

Not willing to give up the fight, the PDP responded, describing APC’s reaction as “reckless.”

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The party stated:

“We continue to wonder how a sane person or party would condone such shameful and self- indicting comments of a supposedly elected governor against his people before the entire world, describing it myopically as “a storm in a tea cup” Such an idiomatic sense needs recalibration."

Legit.ng had reported that Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state said herdsmen are not to be blamed for bearing firearms.

The governor said they are only protecting themselves against cattle rustlers who attack, kill and take away their possessions.

Mohammed spoke as a special guest of honour at the launch of the inaugural edition of the Bauchi correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)’s magazine titled ‘Correspondents’ Watch” on Thursday, February 11.

However, the governor on Friday, February 19, defended his comment about armed herders.

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According to him his comment supporting herdsmen arming themselves with AK-47 rifles was a figure of speech endorsing their protection.

The comment of the governor had sparked outrage across Nigeria, with many accusing him of supporting criminality.


Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.

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