By Chijioke Kingsley
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – All Progressive Congress (APC) in Plateau State have appealed to the President-elect, Ahmed Tinubu, to stand by the party in the state after last Saturday governorship election, where the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Caleb Muftwang, was declared the winner.
Speaking with newsmen in Jos on Saturday, an APC stalwarts, Saleh Mandung Zazzaga, also called on the party at the national as well as the trustees and other party stakeholders to stand with the party at the State at this moment.
He said APC governorship aspirant in the election, Nentawe Yilwatda, with the party backing has rejected the result and will deploy the necessary means within the law to reclaim their mandate.
He said the election wasn’t without flaws, and that is why they have rejected the result, adding that with determination, relentlessness, political will and the support of the party at the national, they will reclaim their mandate.
Zazzaga said there was a lot of smear campaign against the leader of the party in the state, in person of Governor Simon Lalong, mostly because he agreed to become the Director General of the APC
Presidential Campaign Council.
According to him: “Tinubu is a very qualified candidate for the presidential job following his impressive antecedents in the Nigerian political space over the years and his huge contribution to the advancement of the Nigerian democracy.
“Tinubu’s maximal performance as the Lagos State Governor also still remains unprecedented, and his quality and capacity as a leader attracts many to him.
“That is the quality Governor Lalong also sees in Tinubu and his candidature that makes him to accept the appointment of the Director General of his campaign council.
“And as a Governor who is always making efforts to attract good things to the state from national and international community, he decided to accept the role so that Plateau people can be part of the winning team of Tinubu who eventually won.
“But rather than the people to appreciate the governor’s efforts, some few mischievously resulted to smear campaign against him in the state, while using ethno-religious basis to back up their campaign, and we know what such campaign can do in this nation.
“Nonetheless, Lalong is a resolute Governor, an achiever, a performer and a leader for all. His recognition and election as the Chairman of the Northern Governor’s Forum is also a loud testament of his quality, and even in that position which he holds till date, he performed creditably well,” he said.
He called on their teeming supporters to remain calm as they have been doing since the announcement of the result, promising that the party will do all it takes to right any wrong.