Gyang Bere, Jos
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has refuted claims made by a former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Switzerland, Yahaya Kwande, that the governor might defect to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general election.
Governor Lalong, in a statement signed by Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Yakubu Dati, disclaim Amb. Kwande’s statement, insisting he is in the APC and will remain in the ruling party with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement read, “The attention of Plateau State Government has been drawn to an alleged statement credited to an elder statesman, Amb. Yahaya Keande, alluding that the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong may defect to the People’s Democratic Party.
“There is no truth in the statement and Governor Lalong who is the sole candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship primaries, has never contemplated no discussed such disastrous proposition with anyone.
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“The general public is hereby called upon to dismiss this evil plot that exists only in the imagination of its promoters.
This clarification became necessary so as not to mislead well meaning citizens who have expressed concern.”
Amb. Kwande, who a member of the APC Board Member of Truistees, was alleged to have said that Governor Lalong might defect to the PDP to contest the governorship election of the state when former vice president and PDP Presidential hopeful, Atiku Abubakar, visited Plateau to woo delegates ahead of the Presidential primaries.