Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the aegis of the North Central APC Forum, have called on the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to pick the Director General of his presidential campaign council, Governor Simon Lalong, as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
Speaking in Jos, the Chairman, Saleh Mandung Zazzaga, said since Governor Lalong, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, has done a lot for the APC including the emergence of Tinubu in the presidential election.
He said due to Lalong’s active support for the president-elect, Tinubu, many people in the North Central region and his home state of Plateau have been casting aspersions on him and labelling him with all manner of names, noting that Lalong nevertheless stood his ground, owing to his strong faith in the ability of the Tinubu/Shettima ticket.
Hence, he said Lalong deserves the position of SGF, in order to strengthen the Tinubu administration, which he so much believed in and worked tirelessly to enthrone.
Besides, he argued Lalong has demonstrated that peace and unity, which are the bedrock of development, is achievable, as he has been able to restore peace in Plateau State by taking the state out of the dark days of ethno-religious violence.
Zazzaga said the North Central APC Forum had canvassed for the emergence of the next President from the North Central zone, during which they rooted for Lalong, but it didn’t work out, and later canvassed for him to be chosen as the running mate to Tinubu.
Despite all these, he said, Lalong did not despair or got annoyed, but kept supporting the party to succeed, and also continued doing so until he was appointed as the Director General of the APC presidential campaign council.
He said a loyal party man like Lalong, who has been tested and trusted deserves to serve in a strategic capacity like the position of the SGF so that upon the swearing in of Bola Tinubu and the take off of the administration, the government will reflect a picture of fairness and geopolitical balancing.
Zazzaga urged the President-elect to be focused in his decision-making, and not to allow sycophants and those who did not work for his victory come around him to distract him, saying he is assured that Tinubu will do well, following his track record as then Lagos State Governor.