‘Why Lalong might not deliver Plateau for Tinubu’
Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption, Dachung Musa Bagos, has declared that Governor Simon Lalong will not be able to deliver Plateau State for All Progressives Congress (APC) next year.
The lawmaker said the governor, who doubles as Director General of the Bola Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation, would find winning the state a herculean task because, according to him, youths in the state have decided that all political parties must labour for votes.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday, Bagos, who represents Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency at the lower legislative chamber, submitted: “I want to let you know that the people of Plateau are waiting for February 25, 2023 to pass their verdict on Governor Lalong and his presidential candidate, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
“I can assure you that every candidate will get votes according to his performance. The governor has failed Plateau people in all areas since 2015. That is why he cannot deliver Plateau State to the APC and its presidential candidate. Being a DG will not change the decision of the youths and Plateau electorate.”
He continued: “Apart from the poor performance of the APC in both Plateau and the national level, the youths are now, more than ever, ready to take back their country.
“Remember, the youths constitute more than 60 per cent of the electorate, and by the way, how can a party that has kept our youths, the students, at home for more than half a year get votes from the same people, who have been denied their right to education, the same group of Nigerians, who have no jobs, people who are pauperised, how can they vote for the APC?
“How can the youths, whose parents and relatives, have been killed by terrorists and bandits, who have been displaced, give their votes again to failed promises? This is simply impossible.”
While weighing chances of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, the lawmaker acknowledged the molibisation efforts of the youths for the former Anambra State governor,
“Honestly, even my party, the PDP, has a lot of work to do to convince the youthful voters because the youths are working tirelessly for any possible option, not party.
“I believe that after careful analysis and strategic considerations, the youths will make the right choice, not based on emotions, but on logical consideration of the different voting blocs in the country,” he added.