Plateau guber election: Lalong, APC afraid of Jang’s shadow – Yiljap

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Chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee of the Gubernatorial Campaign Council of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Plateau State, Abraham Yiljap, on Thursday said the immediate past Governor of the State and Senator representing Plateau North, Jonah Jang, appears to be the nightmare of Governor Simon Lalong and the ruling APC in the State.


Governor Simon Lalong had through the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, described the administration of his predecessor as the worst in the history of the state.

Speaking with newsmen in Jos, the State capital, Yiljap said, “They are restless anytime they see or hear Jang.

“It is impressive that for all the crowd gathered in Mangu for the flag off of the campaign, and all the speeches delivered by scores of great Plateau personalities, only Jang’s utterances will unsettle and tickle Dati and Lalong and APC. That’s nice, really.

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He said, “It shows that even when Lalong sees Jang’s shadow anywhere he will panic and call out his attack dogs to howl.

Yiljap, who was Commissioner for Information and Communication during Jang’s second tenure in office, maintained that, “Senator Jang appears to be the APC’s real nightmare in Plateau. He is Lalong’s big, unhealed headache.

“And by Jang’s name, Dati will keep eating from Lalong’s table! He needs the good meal – just for four more months.

According to him, “Lalong has every reason to hunt Jang. I have often said it is terribly unfair to compare Lalong with Jang. You can only contrast them. They are absolutely apart in basic orientation, philosophical convictions and development outlook. Lalong is so very unlike Jang. And his time is already up.

“He works in the office Jang built. He drives on the roads that Jang constructed. Even in his native Shendam, he is confronted only by the Jang projects. And Dati thinks he can hack down this social engineer? Come off it Dati”, he maintained.

“Lalong is seeking relevance in his ‘legacy projects’; Jang didn’t have to start ‘Me-also-I-was-here’ projects. Jang simply poured his heart out – and Plateau is the better for it. This is what Plateau people cherish and appreciate everywhere they see Jang”.

He further stated that, “And Lalong’s disastrous outing; his pledge of misplaced allegiance to a Buhari who is clearly anti-Plateau heritage and Dati’s disrespectful reference to Jang as ‘rude’ will continue to haunt Lalong while he desperately but fruitlessly continues to hunt Jang. They don’t get it.

Yiljap further disclosed that, “All through my tenure as Commissioner of Information, I never insulted any elder or leader of Plateau- even when we had fierce attacks from some of them. I find no justification in Dati insulting any past leader. Check my utterances and Press statements.

“The job of a Commissioner of Information is to speak for the people of Plateau, to inspire confidence in them; to unite the people; to explain and persuade people on government policies and to take feedback into the system,” he stressed.