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APC Forum Urges Lalong To Reject Appointment As Campaign DG

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Governor Simon Lalong
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August 09, (THEWILL) – Leaders and members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), under the aegis of the North Central APC Forum, has called on Governor Simon Bako Lalong, to immediately reject his appointment as the Director General of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Organisation because “it is an insult to the region.”

Speaking on behalf of the Forum in Jos, Saleh Mandung Zazzaga, said since last year, they have been canvassing for emergence of the next President from the zone, because it is time for the zone to produce the next president of the country come 2023.

He explained that their initial stance was not to compromise the 2023 Presidency for any other position, because apart from the military era, the region, since this democratic dispensation, hasn’t produced either the president or the Vice President, but has largely contributed to the democratic growth in the nation.

Zazzaga noted that it became clear that the push by the region for the presidency could not be actualised, since the APC, in a way of mutual understanding, considered the Southern part of the country for the presidency. But they immediately began to canvass for the Vice Presidential slot which the zone was eventually not considered too, as it went to the North East.

He said if the North Central is not good or qualified enough for the presidential ticket because the party thinks nobody from the region has the political weight to pull votes from the Northern region for the party come 2023, why has the party or presidential candidate, in the person of Tinubu, become so trustful of someone from the region to be appointed presidential campaign organisation Director General?

“Our concern in the 2023 elections is that of North Central as either the President or Vice President. We were denied because they consider us either not qualified or competent enough. But as soon as it comes to director general of the presidential campaign, we suddenly become the most qualified”, he queried.

“Ironically, it is the same Governor Simon Bako Lalong, whom we have been canvassing support for as either President and then later as a presidential running mate, that is suddenly being appointed as the director general of the party’s presidential campaign organisation. We spent much resources pushing for either the presidential slot or the vice presidential ticket, and we got none.

“We, therefore, consider Lalong’s appointment as insulting, degrading, and making the region irrelevant in the political calculation of the country. We won’t accept this because this is quite unfair and sort of relegating our people to the background”, he protested.

“That is why we are calling on Governor Lalong to reject this offer, and those celebrating his selection from the region should desist henceforth, because this is a great slap on our face”, he said, adding that, “we have been pushing for the good of the region in national political affairs all along, but those who have neither lent their voices, time, nor resources to our cause are busy celebrating the ‘relegation’ of our region in this 2023 elections at the national level. This is quite insensitive, unfortunate, and regrettable”

Zazzaga further pointed out that as a Forum with a mission to uplift the North Central zone, it has been engaged in initiating political and empowerment activities that would benefit the region, and that they will not back down on their mission for the region.