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General News of Monday, 8 August 2022

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Lalong not chosen to silence Christians - Ex-Minister tells Nigerian

Former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has said that the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong was not selected to appease the Christians.

Lalong was recently announced as the Director General of Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council at the State House.

His position comes following the disagreement from Christians on Tinubu's Muslim-Muslim ticket ahead of the 2023 elections.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, after the announcement, presented the Governor Lalong to President Muhammadu Buhari in a closed-door meeting at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

He said:

“We are here to see Mr. President to brief him and to get his approval of plans that we are having regarding our campaign outfit.

“And once we have his approval, we intend to make major disclosure. We’re on the same page with the President and the individuals who will play various roles in the campaign.

“The DG of the campaign is seated by my right here. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.

“We have a spokesperson in the person of Festus Keyamo. The deputy spokesperson is Hannatu Musawa. This is what we came to discuss with the President.”

According to Adamu selecting Lalong was based on his ability to do the work required to ensure victory for the Tinubu-Shettima ticket in the next year’s presidential election.

Shittu on his part said that the choice of Lalong and spokesman for the campaign council, Festus Keyamo, was not a move taken to pacify the Christians, especially in the North.

He said, “There is no point reading meanings or introduce religious undertone into the move. Lalong is a member of the party and a governor who is almost through with his tenure and he has agreed to accept the position.

According to the DG of the Asiwaju Tinubu-Shettima Coalition for Good Governance, Lalong is a sociable person, who is at peace with his people, regardless of religion or tribe.

“Since he became governor of Plateau state, have you heard of any complaint by Muslims? That is because he has been very fair to everyone in the state. We should just thank God that our party is getting it right in all respects,” he said.

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