The former governor of Plateau State, General Jonah David Jang, released a statement on Sunday which was signed by his media consultant, Clinton Garuba, in response to a purported false claim made by Lalong that General Jonah Jang rtd was supporting the APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu because he is a member of the G-5 PDP Governors.
He called Lalong a daydreamer for believing that the G5 PDP governors and allies, including former Governor Jang, would support the APC.
“It seems however that, Governor Lalong has just woken up from his slumber of almost 8 years and discovered he has spent these years doing nothing in the interest of Plateau people, hence the degeneration to day dreaming.
But for the misleading statements he made, there was no need to dignify him with a response since we know that anything outside his written speeches are not only disjointed but profane babbling that makes no semantic sense.
Plateau Media and Publicity of the APC PCC, Sylvanus Naman had then responded stating that Jang got it wrong over his comments on Lalong’s claim.
The statement reads: “To say that the G5 Governors have not taken a position on their support for the APC Presidential Candidate is a confirmation of his fear for a Bala Ahmed Tinubu unstoppable victory at the polls. He stated that Wike “has suddenly remembered how Jonathan lost out in 2015, which he was at the centre of”.
“One does not need the service of a political pundit to tell us that the G5 or Integrity Group have since called it quits with the Atiku ticket. Do we need a better confirmation of Governor Lalong’s assertion than the one coming from the horse’s mouth and pillar of the G5 himself, the steely Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike when he recently responded to a statement by allegedly stating that:
” Yes it is true that I have directed all Local Government Chairmen, Commissioners, Board Chairmen, Senior Special Advisers, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, DGs, Board Members and all my aides to work for Bola Ahmed Tinubu and I owe no one any apology”?
The statement by Sylvanus Naman added: “The G5 Governors are patriots who have decided to go with a very patriotic Nigerian in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu rather than presidential candidates with divisive tendencies. It ended by saying that,
“Jang should stop boiling his adrenaline over his morbid condemnation of anything coming from his immediate successor.”
Earlier, General Jang rtd, berated the current Governor in a statement where he said – “For someone who has spent all these years as governor not doing what makes for the welfare and wellbeing of his people; in addition to the dismal performance in terms of basic infrastructure, healthcare, tourism, education and all the sectors necessary for the people, he should be hiding his face in shame rather than trying to denigrate the former governor whose records of performance dot the Plateau landscape.
He further added that, “Nigerians have been subjected to tortuous life never imagined and they are willing to express their anger through the ballot box. Thinking of delivering APC top to bottom by Lalong and his ilk is mere wishful thinking. No right thinking person will consider an extension of the present situation we have found ourselves in. That is the kind of hardship that Lalong and co want to perpetuate just in the name of seeking relevance.”
He justified the monies he spent during his administration and questioned why Lalong was still owing salaries with no infrastructure to justify despite the huge allocation the state received in addition to the mindless borrowings Governor Lalong engaged in.
“Governor Lalong should stop referring Plateau citizens to what happened in 2015 and market himself and his so called candidates through his performance of his nearly 8 years administration. The people are watching and they will hold you accountable at the poll for your inept leadership, underperformance and the shame you have brought to Plateau.” He stated.