A former Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Simon Lalong, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Plateau State.
Lalong, who emerged victorious in Thursday’s APC gubernatorial primaries, is said to be a sponsored candidate of a former Governor of Plateau State, Chief Joshua Dariye.
Lalong is one of the longest serving speakers in the Plateau State House of Assembly.
He was one of those who opposed the impeachment process against the Dariye in 2006.
He was accompanied to the state secretariat of the APC on Friday by an elder statesman, Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, and party supporters where the Electoral Committee, led by the Chairman, Comrade Sunny Moniedafe, officially handed over result of the primaries to him.
In the result sheet, Lalong scored 2,222 votes, Prof. Emmanuel Garba 304 and Barrister Solomon Dalung 293.
In his remarks, Moniedafe urged Lalong to carry everyone along so that together they could redeem the lost glory of Plateau State.
He appealed to all the aspirants who lost to support Lalong in the forthcoming election.
Kwande encouraged the party’s leadership to stand on the idea which can promote the unity of the state.
While congratulating the candidate over his landslide victory as the flag bearer of APC in Plateau State, Kwande also pledged his loyalty to the party, with a promise that he will never betray the confidence of the electorates.
Lalong said the primaries was symbolic.
He appealed those who lost out in the primaries to join hands with him so that they can take the party to the next level.