A group, the All Progressives Congress Elders Advisory Council in Plateau state, yesterday, endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Simon Lalong for re-election in the 2019 general elections.
The Chairman of the group, Captain Joseph Din (retd), who addressed a press conference in Jos, said Buhari and Lalong’s achievements qualified them for re-election.
He said: “We hereby unanimously endorse President Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria come 2019 and Rt, Hon. Simon Bako Lalong as Governor of Plateau State come 2019.
“We support Buhari because he has shown us beyond reasonable doubts that he has the will power to curtail any insurgency.”
Din explained further the decision of the group was reached after wide consultations and observation of the activities of the president and governor over the last two and a half years they have been in office.
According to the elders, Buhari has done well, therefore, he should be given a second term to complete the good works he has started.
“This is so because Buhari’s government has the political will to defeat the insurgency. No president can say throughout his tenure there were no skirmishes, so he can not exempt himself,” he said.
The group said Buhari did not promise “heaven on earth to Nigerians, during his electioneering.
“When President Buhari was taking over, he did not promise Nigerians that it was going to be rosy all through, he admitted that Nigerians were going to face challenges in the short term and then rejoice for a long time.”
According to the group, Buhari has been able to fix the Nigerian economy.
“Nigeria produced 15 million metric tonnes of rice in 2017 alone, we are the largest exporter of yams the world over and are the largest producer of cassava the world over.”
In Plateau State, the elders said Lalong had been able to restore peace in the state.
“Here in Plateau State, our governor Rt Hon. Simon Bako Lalong is also making us proud, even by restoring peace to our dear state. He has institutionalised peace building and reconciliation through establishment of peace building agency in the state.”
Members of the group cut cross the 17 local government areas of Plateau State and they include two former deputy governors, one of whom is Ignatius Longjan who was the deputy governor to Jonah Jang.