Deputy Chairman Media, Publicity and Protocol Committee of the All
Progressive Congress (APC), Campaign Council in Plateau state, Barr.
Festus Fuanter, has confirmed that over ten political parties have
endorsed Gov. Simon Lalong for the Saturday’s governorship race, and
expresses determinations to deliver at the poll.
According to him, ‘Plateau APC has also expressed confidence that Gov.
Lalong will be re-elected together with all candidates of the state
House of Assembly contestants’.
Briefing Journalists on Thursday in Jos, Mr Festus Fuanter also said the
results of the Presidential election showed that APC has gained more
ground in Plateau.
Speaking through the Campaign Council spokesperson, Mr. Jonathan Ishaku,
Fuanter said the 10 political parties has found no better candidate
than the state governor.
“We are very optimistic that Governor Simon Lalong will sweep the
Governorship election on Saturday. This is because of his achievements
since he assumed office in 2015. He has being up-to-date with the
payment of salaries and pension, this has endeared Plateau people to his
The Lalong Deputy Chairman Media and Publicity also discarded the
allegations that APC has planned to rig the Governorship election in the
state and said those who are peddling such allegations are already
“Workers’ right has earned him special mention even from such
hard-to-please quarters as the National Labour Congress, whose President
publicly acknowledged Governor Lalong as the one Governor in Nigeria
who pays the salary of civil servants as and when due.
“On the other hand the PDP candidate comes to the race with a lot of
questionable baggage from the past. These are things he has refused to
discuss with Plateau people. He even avoided a public debate and also
avoids probing press interviews like a plague.
“We had expected that the PDP candidate would use the auspices of his Press Conference he addressed
yesterday to answer some of these vexing public concerns but his numbered-point presentation was
bland as usual.
“In the place of this reticence, the PDP has devised a fear-mongering
strategy of crying wolf in its chain of endless press releases. All you
hear from them is “APC is rigging this, APC is rigging that.
“There is no closure, none whatsoever on the character of their
candidate nor the content of the programmes. But be assured that Plateau
people are no fools and they will give their verdict in a couple of
days’ time”, Fuanter said.