Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state has reaffirmed his readiness to lead the Presidential campaign of his party ,All Progressives Congress(APC).
The governor dismissed reports being bandied around alleging that he was planning to reject the offer due tothe Muslim- Muslim option adopted by the APC .
According to him ” Politics is a matter of interest, in every political party, you have both Muslims and Christians, in every political party, there’s opportunity for you to vote for a Christian or a Muslim . If you don’t want a Muslim, you wait until election when you will vote your choice. If you don’t want a Christian, you will go there and vote.
“As a Catholic, I am proud to lead a Muslim Muslim ticket. I was born a Catholic, baptized a Catholic and confirmed a Catholic. I went through missionary schools . I was given the highest award by the pope . I still hold that award , the highest Papal award , Knight of St Gregory ‘s the great. One day, if you want it, I will wear my uniform .
” I hold a Papal Night and as a Catholic, everything we do , we do it and send the advice to the Pope, the Pope has not told me that what I am doing is bad, to accept to be Director General . As Catholics, we take directives.
” As a governor of a state, I said as a governor of a state, I am not responsible to only my faith, I am responsible to other people who belong to other faiths who are not Muslims or Christians , that’s why I took an oath of office.
” I came back home ( after my appointment as DG) and CAN welcomed me at the airport, the next day, I addressed stakeholders of Plateau state and I told them why I am accepting and there was jubilation and all of them accepted.
” So if you see people talking about me rejecting, I have accepted already, it’s not an issue, I am a Christian, I said it and some people are misinterpreting it that I said I am not a Christian. I have accepted to lead the Tinubu Shettima presidential campaign.”the governor said .