The governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong has formally declared his intention to re-contest the 2019 governorship election in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor made the declaration at the All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders’ meeting which held in Jos on Friday.
The governor said the declaration was as result of the intense pressure from the people of the state for him to re-contest.
A member representing Jos South/Jos East in the House of Representatives Mr. Edward Pwajok moved the motion for the governor to re-contest.
Pwajok’s motion was unanimously seconded by a voice vote from stakeholders at the meeting.
Present at the meeting were the former deputy governor, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, former governorship aspirant, Mr. Pam Dung Gyang, former chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Malam Samaila Makama, and many others who spoke glowingly of the governor for successfully contributing to the growth of Plateau.
Also present were the deputy governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, national and state house of assembly members, members of Plateau Executive Council and many other party men and women.
They appreciated Lalong for steering the APC in the country away from crisis following his committee’s report which gave an amicable solution to divergent views concerning the tenure of the party officials.
The chairman of APC in the state, Mr. Letep Dabang, said the party strongly supported the governor’s second term ambition.
Dabang, however, said that other interested candidates on the party’s platform were free to contest the position.
He said that contesting was a right of every party member and that the party would provide a level playing ground for all.
“We cannot stop anybody from contesting but for now Gov. Lalong is the one that publicly declared to contest,” he said.
He said that the stakeholders’ meeting was convened by the party leadership to brief members of the resolutions reached at the last national executive council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Monday.