2019: Plateau elders endorse Buhari, Lalong

A group under the aegis of APC Elders Advisory Council, Plateau State,
on Friday endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon
Lalong, saying they have credibly performed and deserve a second term.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Jos, the Plateau state
capital, the Council's Chairman, Captain Joseph Din rtd, said their
reasons for endorsing Buhari, is because of his achievement in
tackling insurgency, his unprecedented fight against corruption,
economic development, among other achievements.

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.

On corruption, the group said, "President Buhari stands out as the
first President of Nigeria to openly take the fight against corruption
as his agenda.

Speaking on poverty and the economy, the elders said, "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.

On youth empowerment and employment, the group said, "Since the era of
General Yakubu Gowon, no government has gainfully engaged the youth as
the Buhari government is doing".

Speaking on achievements of Governor Lalong, the elders said the
governor has institutionalize peace building and reconciliation
through the establishment of a peace building agency in the State.

The group also commended him for continuing with the uncompleted
projects left by previous administrations and initiating new ones.

"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", the group stressed.

The elders present at the press conference include the immediate past
deputy governor of the state, Ignatius Longjan, former ITF DG, Prof.
Longmas Wapmuk, a former gubernatorial aspirant in the State, Arch.
Pam Dung Gyang, former Minister of State Information, Alhaji Ibrahim
Dasuki Nakande, among others.

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