Lalong, Jang engage in war of words

Sen. Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau State, has charged Governor Simon Lalong with failing to complete even one project during his eight-year term, which will conclude on May 29, 2023.

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Jonah, who served as the senator for Plateau North from 2015 to 2019, claimed that Plateau made a mistake in 2015 when it turned power over following his eight years in duty as governor by failing to back his candidate at the time.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zoned Plateau Central for governorship and selected Caleb Mutfwang because he had been tested and found competent, according to Jang, who was speaking on Jos’ Radio Jay FM yesterday.

Lalong could not win his senate election, according to the former governor, who also said that while he had never manipulated an election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) was adamant about doing so.

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dan Manjang, responded to Jang on the governor’s behalf by saying that the previous governor ultimately revealed his true nature of resentment and loathing for Lalong as a person.

Is it necessary for every candidate to win? What’s the big deal about occasionally losing an election? Jang has never lost an election. Does he believe that we have forgotten that, despite his failure to win the 2007 primary elections, he made many unsuccessful attempts to become governor before Chief Olusegun Obasanjo placed him on Plateau? What makes his 16 more than 19 saga that embarrassed the people of Plateau in his fruitless bid to lead the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF)?

Manjang counseled Jang to remain silent and fully leave politics, as his age-mates had done.
Clinton Garuba, Jang’s media advisor, responded to Manjang’s assertion by saying that he had chosen to respond because Manjang was seen by many as the Plateau’s “dead wood” in terms of information management.


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