Former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, said contrary to speculation, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, was not selected to placate the Christian community.
Lalong, who is also the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, was recently unveiled at the State House as Director General of Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, had presented the governor to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), during a closed-door meeting at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.
He said, “We are here to see Mr. President to brief him and to get his approval of plans that we are having regarding our campaign outfit.
“And once we have his approval, we intend to make major disclosure. We’re on the same page with the President and the individuals who will play various roles in the campaign.
“The DG of the campaign is seated by my right here. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
“We have a spokesperson in the person of Festus Keyamo. The deputy spokesperson is Hannatu Musawa. This is what we came to discuss with the President.”
Adamu explained that the choice of Lalong was based on his ability to do the work required to ensure victory for the Tinubu-Shettima ticket in the next year’s presidential election.
Corroborating his position in a phone interview, Shittu said that the choice of Lalong and spokesman for the campaign council, Festus Keyamo, was not a move taken to appease the Christians, especially in the North.
He said, “There is no point reading meanings or introduce religious undertone into the move. Lalong is a member of the party and a governor who is almost through with his tenure and he has agreed to accept the position.