2019: Plateau elders endorse Buhari, Lalong


A group under the aegis of APC Elders Advisory Council, Plateau State, on Friday endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Lalong, saying they have credibly performed and deserve a second term.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Jos, the Plateau state capital, the Council’s Chairman, Captain Joseph Din rtd, said their reasons for endorsing Buhari, is because of his achievement in tackling insurgency, his unprecedented fight against corruption, economic development, among other achievements.

Din said, “This government has tried in the area of provision of adequate security, considering that it came to power when insurgents were holding 13 local governments in the North-East as their territory and even here in Plateau State, we were devastated but our armed forces with the support of government have decimated the insurgents and have reclaimed our territory.

“This is so because Buhari’s government has the political will to insurgency. No President can say throughout his tenure there were no skirmishes so he cannot exempt himself.

On corruption, the group said, “President Buhari stands out as the first President of Nigeria to openly take the fight against corruption as his agenda.

Speaking on poverty and the economy, the elders said, “We all know that this country was heading into recession already when President Buhari took over in 2015.

“It was largely due to the falling prices of crude oil in the international market and the long term mismanagement of the economy by previous government.

“Nevertheless, this government has been able to steer us away from recession within the shortest time possible.

On youth empowerment and employment, the group said, “Since the era of General Yakubu Gowon, no government has gainfully engaged the youth as the Buhari government is doing”.

Speaking on achievements of Governor Lalong, the elders said the governor has institutionalize peace building and reconciliation through the establishment of a peace building agency in the State.

The group also commended him for continuing with the uncompleted projects left by previous administrations and initiating new ones.

“With these reasons and others that have not been mentioned, we in the Elders Advisory Council are calling on Mr. President His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari and our Governor His Excellency Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, to contest for a second term in 2019 in order to complete the good work they have started”, the group stressed.

The elders present at the press conference include the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Ignatius Longjan, former ITF DG, Prof. Longmas Wapmuk, a former gubernatorial aspirant in the State, Arch. Pam Dung Gyang, former Minister of State Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, among others.

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