By Jide Afolabi, Jos
Plateau state Governor, Rt Hon Simon Lalong has assured the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, candidates of victory in the 2019 general elections.
Lalong said this during the inauguration of the APC campaign council held at Eliel Event Centre in Jos, Plateau state capital on Tuesday.
He said APC would never give the Peoples Democratic Party which had ruined and looted the treasury of the nation the chance to bounce back to power and continue with its loot.
The governor noted that the campaign council must do everything legitimately possible to deliver the state for President Muhammadu Buhari and all APC candidates in the state.
“We must do everything legitimately possible to ensure a landslide victory for President Muhammadu Buhari and all APC candidates during the February 16 and March 2, 2019, general elections, and not mere marginal victory.
“Never again should we allow these people access to power. Their only aim is to return to power to continue their looting spree to the detriment of all of us.
“You should bear in mind that the election is about the future of our dear state. You should vigorously take the rescue message to the family, neighbor-to-neighbor, ward-to-ward levels of the campaign.
“The people at the grassroots ought to know from you nothing but the truth. They should be made to understand that those who are responsible for their present poverty woes today, destroyed the education of their children yesterday and looted the national and state treasuries yesterday are the same people seeking to replace APC and return to power to perpetuate the misery of the masses.”
He urged his opponents to work with him to move the state forward while admonishing them to eschew violence. He, however, said that anyone found inciting violence would be dealt with in accordance with the law of the land.
While addressing the gathering, the Director-General of Lalong/Tyoden Campaign Organisation, Mr Pam Dung Gyang urged the council members to work hard and ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Long wins.
“The assignment you have been given is a serious one. If you are not ready to support us, just resign. We are ready to move forward. Don’t be a stumbling block. No choice but to win this election. Those of you there should go to your unit, ward and win it. I welcome you all. We don’t have time, time is of the essence.”
The Plateau State APC chairman, Hon. Latep Dabang, who was represented by the party Secretary, Bashir Musa, said that “The party is confident of winning the election. We are just waiting for the election.”
He noted that in 2015, APC was not given any chance of victory but with God on its side, it was able to make an impressive performance that gave it a victory.
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