- Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, was not selected to placate the Christian community according to Adebayo Shittu
- Recall that Lalong was recently unveiled at the State House as Director General of Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council
- The announcement has sparked outrage among Nigerians, especially northern Christians in the country
Following the criticism that trailed the emergence of Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, as the director general of Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council, former minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, has revealed the reason for the choice Lalong.
He said contrary to speculation, the governor was not selected to placate the Christian community.
Punch Newspaper reports that 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.
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“There is no point reading meanings or introduce 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.
“Since he became governor of Plateau state, have you heard of any complaint 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."
Muslim-Muslim ticket: PDP, Atiku in trouble as Tinubu/Shettima’s DG Lalong vows to unite Christians for APC
Legit.ng had also reported that reconciliation moves are on the way to uniting Christians in the All Progressive Congress (APC). According to a news report by The Guardian newspaper, the governor of Plateau states, Simon Lalong says he will be championing reconciliation attempts to foster unity amongst APC members that are Christians.
Governor Lalong who also doubles as the leader of the APC presidential campaign made this known on Thursday, August 4 while speaking to pressmen at the Yakubu Gowon Airport.
The Plateau state governor stated that he intends to facilitate moves to help aggrieved members reach an understanding that the selection of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima as flag bearers was on the premise of competence and capacity.
2023: Atiku reportedly confident of winning without Wike
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the meeting between Atiku Abubakar and Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike failed to reach an agreement.
According to the report, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate met with the governor at the instance of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), led by Senator Walid Jibrin. The meeting was said to have been hosted by former information and culture minister, Prof. Jerry Gana at his residence.
At a meeting with BoT members on Wednesday, August 3, Atiku reportedly boasted that PDP can win next year’s election without many votes from Rivers state. He said there was no cause for alarm if Wike did not want to fall in line with him.