APC forum rejects Lalong’s choice as Tinubu/Shettima campaign DG | Dailytrust

APC forum rejects Lalong’s choice as Tinubu/Shettima campaign DG

Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State

Some leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North Central have kicked against the appointment of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State as the director general of the party’s presidential campaign council.

The party members, under the aegis of the North Central APC Forum, expressed disappointment that Lalong accepted the offer despite effort by many people in the zone to get him a higher position in 2023.

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Speaking on behalf of the forum on Sunday in Jos, Saleh Zazzaga said the North Central was yet to produce either president or vice in “this democratic dispensation” despite contributing hugely to the democratic growth.

Zazzaga noted that party leaders in the zone began to canvass for the vice presidential slot when it became obvious that their push for the presidency could not be actualised since the APC tactically considered the South.

He said, “Our concern in the 2023 elections was that of North Central as either president or vice president, but we were denied because they consider us either not qualified or competent enough. But when it came to the director general of the presidential campaign organisation, we suddenly became the most qualified.

“We, therefore, consider Lalong’s appointment as insulting, degrading and making the region irrelevant in the political calculation of the country. We won’t accept this because this is quite unfair and sort of relegating our people to the background.

“That is why we are calling on Governor Lalong to reject this offer.”

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