The Oasis Reporters
July 7, 2023
By Asile Abel, Jos
The dismal performance of the then governing All Progressive Congress (APC) in Plateau State became the major topic for discussion when stakeholders of the party gathered on Thursday 6th June, 2023 at a crucial meeting to review and discuss the 2023 general elections and why they lost.
The meeting which took place at the Plateau State office of the APC equally discussed those who committed anti party activities in the 17 Local Government Areas of the State at the Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship and the State House of Assembly elections.
Members who spoke suggested the suspension of all those who worked against the success of the APC in the last elections.
The stakeholders meeting agreed that only those who truly worked for the success of the APC in the 2023 election should have their names forwarded to the National Secretariat of the party and the Presidency for appropriate appointments while those who were guilty of anti party activities should be sanctioned to act as a deterrence for others or else the party may collapse.
Former Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong and the leader of the APC in the State coordinated the meeting.
Lalong, the director general of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Council used the opportunity to seek forgiveness from anyone he may have offended while in office and said he too has forgiven anyone who offended him.
Tension was witnessed at the beginning of the meeting but there was seeming understanding at the end of the meeting though some had long faces while coming out of the meeting.
Speaking on the 2023 general elections, the former Governor of Plateau State, Lalong, appealed to all party faithfuls to forget the past by forgiving each other for the party to make progress.
As regards the matter in court, the DG of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Council assured that the Plateau State APC gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe, is sure of getting justice at the tribunal, towards securing the governorship of the state.
Lalong praised the Plateau State APC members of the National Assembly for acting maturely and falling in line into the mainstream national politics after the leadership tussle of both chambers of the national assembly.
In a Media Chat after the meeting, Hon Sylvanus Namang told the media that the meeting was to appeal for the unification of the Plateau State APC as members were seen sending wrong messages in the social media.
Namang, the Plateau State publicity secretary of the APC also called on the Mutfwang administration to summon a peace summit to discuss the way forward on the incessant killings in the state as well as proffer solutions towards ending the intractable crisis.
Among the attendees of the Plateau State Stakeholders meeting were Sen. Diket Plang, the immediate past deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Maje Wase, Hon Yusuf Gagdi, the former deputy governor of Plateau State Prof.Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, Hon. Ishaya Lalu, member representing Mangu/Bokkos Constituency, former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Sanda, APC gubernatorial candidate, Nentawe Yilwada and his running mate, Hon Pam Botmang, former Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, Hon. Alphonsus Longgap Komsol, former Member representing Mikang/Shendam/Qua’an Pan Federal Constituency, Hon. Rufus Bature, the Plateau State APC Chairman, 17 APC LGA Chairmen and many others.