Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong
By Anthony Maliki
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State has urged the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to stop making a storm in a tea cup over Governor Simon Lalong’s alleged comments that not only herdsmen carry arms.
The APC, in a statement Wednesday to Apex News Exclusive by its State Secretary, Mallam Bashir Sati described the PDP as confused.
Governor Lalong in an interview on Channels TV on Tuesday February 23, 2021 was alleged to have said that not only herdsmen carry arms.
According to the statement, the factional spokesman of the “moribund” party in Plateau State, John T. Akans came out smoking from all cylinders in an attempt to resurrect the evaporated fortunes of the rejected PDP in the state.
Sati pointed out that apart from his uncoordinated press release, Akans was sighted on different social media platforms dissipating energy in trying to make maximum gains from the Governor’s appearance on the programme.
According to the APC scribe, unfortunately, the total mission of the factional spokesman and his faction failed woefully among majority of the people of the state and others around the world who are discerning, informed, intelligent and dispassionate in looking at issues from broad perspectives rather than the myopic tendencies of the PDP and remnant of its scattered flock.
Sati noted that the Governor never encouraged or endorsed herdsmen bearing arms neither did he support any other group such as farmers, mechanics, kidnappers, politicians, cultists and other unauthorized persons in carrying AK-47 and other weapons.
The APC secretary said the Governor merely cited the fact that because of the failure of security system, non-state actors including herders and farmers among others are carrying arms, a situation that must be addressed quickly.
However, Sati said the PDP faction twisted it to appeal to their isolated, gullible and disgruntled followers particularly on the social media by saying that Governor Lalong accused farmers of carrying arms.
He advised the PDP faction that exploiting insecurity will never bring them back to power in Plateau State because the people measured their 16 years in power and found them wanting on all counts particularly on security.
He also explained that Governor Lalong and the APC has succeeded in demystifying the lies of the PDP by restoring peace in the state.