Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in North Central under the aegis of the North Central APC Forum has condemned the appointment of the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong as the Director General of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Organization.
The group described Lalong’s appointment as insulting, degrading and making the North Central irrelevant in the political calculation of the country.
According to the forum, the ruling party did not favour the region for the presidency and vice presidential candidate but could appoint someone from the region for DG to campaign for the party.
Saleh Mandung Zazzaga while speaking on behalf of the forum in Jos called on Lalong to reject the appointment.
He said, “Our concern in the 2023 elections is that of North Central as either the President or Vice President, but 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.
“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/vice president, but the party discarded our call, that is suddenly been appointed as the Director General of the party’s presidential campaign organization. We spent lots of resources pushing for either the presidential slot or vice president at different times and it was all over the media since last year.
“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.
“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.”