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Some Plateau State elders endorsed Buhari and Lalong for re-election



A group of Plateau State elders, under the umbrella of APC Elders Advisory Council, have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Lalong to run for re-election in 2019.

The announcement was made on Friday, February 9, 2018. According to the group, the endorsement was made because of both President Buhari and Lalong's performance in office.

The elders who were present at the media briefing in Jos, include the former deputy governor of the state, Ignatius Longjan, former Minister of State Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, former ITF DG, Professor Longmas Wapmuk, and Pam Dung Gyang who was a former gubernatorial aspirant in the State.

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During the press conference in Jos, the Chairman of the group, Joseph Din, said: 

“This government has tried in the area of provision of adequate security, considering that it came to power when insurgents were holding 13 local governments in the North-East as their territory and even here in Plateau State, we were devastated but our armed forces with the support of government have decimated the insurgents and have reclaimed our territory.

“This is so because Buhari’s government has the political will to insurgency. No President can say throughout his tenure there were no skirmishes so he cannot exempt himself.

“President Buhari stands out as the first President of Nigeria to openly take the fight against corruption as his agenda.

“We all know that this country was heading into recession already when President Buhari took over in 2015.

“It was largely due to the falling prices of crude oil in the international market and the long term mismanagement of the economy by previous government.

“Nevertheless, this government has been able to steer us away from recession within the shortest time possible.

 “Since the era of General Yakubu Gowon, no government has gainfully engaged the youth as the Buhari government is doing”.

“With these reasons and others that have not been mentioned, we in the Elders Advisory Council are calling on Mr. President His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari and our Governor His Excellency Barrister Simon Bako Lalong, to contest for a second term in 2019 in order to complete the good work they have started."

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