- Christians in Nigeria have been urged to support Simon Lalong after his emergence as the APC campaign DG
- The advice was given by the Northern Christian Network which says Lalong's emergence would be a game changer for the APC
- The NCN further said Lalong is competently qualified and has garnered the needed experience to lead the APC to victory
FCT, Abuja - The Northern Christian Network (NCN) has described the choice of Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong as the Director General of the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential campaign council as 'a perfect soft landing' for the ruling party.
Mshelia Lazarus, convener of NCN, made their position known in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, August 10.
The NCN while congratulating Lalong on his emergence as the campaign DG, expressed confidence in his capacity to deliver.
The group said the choice of Lalong would to a greater extent douse the raging controversies and heated debates being generated over the Muslim-Muslim ticket by the APC.
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The group, therefore, urged critical political stakeholders from the country, especially the north-central geopolitical zone where Lalong hails from to rally round one of their own to enable him succeed in the given task.
The NCN also appealed to Christians in the country to see Lalong as one of their own who would ensure their interest is well protected in the ruling party.
Part of the statement read:
“Lalong is a quintessential and grassroots politician who will be able to galvanize his influence in delivering victory for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“The choice of Lalong who is an influential northern politician and a devoted but detribalized Christian from the ruling party, will no doubt, kindle hope among the Christian community in the country.
“Lalong, who is the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum was able to galvanized and rally all his colleagues from the north to insist on power shift to the south.
“He was instrumental in seeing to it that the cabals who were bent on foisting a northern candidate on the party as flag bearer did not succeed , thus, paving the way for the seamless emergence of Tinubu at the convention in Abuja.”
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