Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has denounced a group which staged a protest asking him to reject his recent appointment as Director-General of the Tinubu/Shettima campaign organisation ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
His appointment has been trailed with criticism from those who think that he should not accept campaigning for the controversial muslim-muslim presidential ticket, roundly condemned by many Christians.
According to Lalong, who met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, to thank him for approving the University of Jos as a national cancer centre, told journalists that being an ardent member of the Catholic faith and a Knight of the Chruch himself, even the Pope is not angry with his decision to accept the job.
He insisted that the appointment was a strictly a party affair and has nothing to do with religion.
He also declared that he never lobbied for to be Vice-President candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the first place.
The Governor urged Nigerians to rise beyond ethnic or religious sentiments, noting that he has already accepted the job and there is nothing anybody can do to dissuade him from performing his new duties.
He also thanked President Buhari for granting presidential pardon to the former governor of the State, Senator Joshua Dariye, as well of a former governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame, both of who were convicted and jailed for corruption.
A group under the aegis of Concern Christians on the Plateau (CCP), had staged a rally in Abuja, where they called on the governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, to reject the offer to serve as the director general of APC presidential campaign council, threatening that the Plateau Christians will not support him in ‘the suspicious engagement or assignment.’
The group had also alleged that the APC rejected him for the position of the Vice-Presidential candidate based on incompetence, and now turned back to make him to seek for votes for the same party, saying that it is completely out of place.