Ministerial slot: Former governorship candidate wants Lalong replaced


The Labour Party (LP), Plateau State Gubernatorial Candidate in the 2023 general elections, Professor Patrick Dakum, has expressed worries over President Bola Ahmad Tinubu delay in replacing ministerial slot of the state.

Prof Dakum, who is also the Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), said the President’s delay in appointing a new minister to fill in the gap created by the exit of Simon Lalong to be in the National Assembly having secured his victory at the appellate court was a total disservice to Plateau state that must be remedied immediately. 

He made the statement on Friday in chat with journalists at his office, saying it was totally unfair to deny Plateau participation in the Federal Executive Council (FEC), for over six months for not having a minister which is not the state’s fault.

“This action excludes Plateau in the running of the country’s affairs in the capacity of ministerial activities as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic and is undemocratic.

“Democracy entails carrying everyone along, following due process, observing the rule of law and dispensing justice to all without delay. There is no genuine reason for Plateau to be without a minister for this long which denies it participation in decisions making for good governance in the country.

“There are capable and eligible hands in the state that can handle any ministry, so why delaying the appointment?” Dakum asked.