Senator Lalong, representing Plateau South Senatorial District, was sworn in today as a member of the 10th Senate. The swearing-in ceremony took place as part of the 10th Senate’s inauguration organized by the Senate President, Senator Precious Godswill Akpabio.
The Senator’s induction was officiated by APC National Chairman Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and witnessed by eminent personalities, including the State Governor, Dr. Nenwe Yilwatddo Goshewe, Deputy Governor-elect Hon. Pat Bot-Mang, and members of Plateau State’s House of Assembly.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, announced his resignation on Tuesday. In a statement released by his spokesperson, Simon Macham, it was revealed that Mr. Lalong tendered his resignation letter to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This move is to facilitate his assumption of the senatorial seat for the Plateau South Senatorial District under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former minister’s decision follows his declaration as the winner of the 25th February senatorial election on 7th November by the Court of Appeal. The court’s ruling overturned the victory initially awarded to Napoleon Bali, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The dual events underscore a significant shift in the political landscape of Plateau State. Senator Lalong’s resignation as a minister signals a new phase in his political career, transitioning to a role where he will continue to represent the interests of Plateau South at the national level.
The induction ceremony and the minister’s resignation further highlight the dynamism and transformative nature of Plateau State’s political arena, promising new opportunities and representation for the people.