Amb Kwande Pledges To Take Gov Lalong Back To PDP; Lalong Going Nowhere,Says Comm
‘The hardest decision I have ever taken in my life was to heed the call by former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar and come to felicitate with my associates in the Peoples Democratic Party PDP,’ said Ambassador Yahaya Kwande when he addressed a gathering of PDP, stakeholders in Jos to receive Atiku’s 2019 presidential campaign entourage during the week.
Speaking to the party faithful on Atiku Abubakar electioneering campaign to Plateau state to canvas for delegates vote ahead of presidential primaries .
Amb Kwande lamented that as a leader of the Goemai speaking people in the Plateau State ,he was left to take a concrete decision whether to follow Atiku or abandon Governor Simon Lalong, even though he regards the governor as ” my son .”
” I took the hand of Governor Simon Bako Lalong to the former Vice President but today the former leader defected back to PDP which gave me a serious concern. Your all surprise to see me here in PDP “,he explained .
He said that he had been fighting the PDP secretly, “but today I have been exposed. There is no more hiding of my agenda ,if there is anyone who says in his mind that I am not with Atiku Abubakar that person is a mad person.
I had many allegation against me being peddle that if Atiku Abubakar come what will he say ?. I want to remind you all at this gathering that all aspirants both PDP,APC came to visit me so my hands are tide because one is my son and then the other is my political partner .
Kwande revealed that he is still a member of APC. Atiku Abubakar has pushed me into confusion because of choice for either him or my son Lalong.
He explained further that the choice of Atiku Abubakar as president will help to unite Nigeria and so, “please , I will soon return my son Lalong to our home because this is someone I presented to you in PDP.”
As a leader of Goemai my hearts bleed for going away to join APC but I will hold his hand and bring him back home, Kwande said.
In a swift reaction to Kwande’s statement, which generated controversy in the state, Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Yakubu Dati, said Lalong would not go back to the PDP.
He said: “The attention of the Plateau State Government has been drawn to an alleged statement credited to an elder statesman, Amb. Yahaya Kwande, alluding that the Executive Governor of Plateau, Simon Bako Lalong may defect to the People’s Democratic Party.
“There is no truth in the statement and Gov. Lalong who is the sole candidate of the All Progressives Congress governorship primaries, has never contemplated nor discussed such disastrous proposition with anyone,” he said.
He urged the citizenry to ignore the story and treat it as a falsehood