1 By Oyekan Zainab
2 Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau urged members of Congress of All Progressives (APCs) in the state to ensure a peaceful and smooth conduct of its congresses, which would further strengthen the party.
4 The statement came against the backdrop of the party’s upcoming parish congresses.
5 Lalong, while addressing stakeholders in Jos, said the parish elective congresses were meant to give the party a stronger foundation for consolidating its successes in the state and across the country.
6 He urged members to be transparent and conduct themselves in a way that would promote harmony, peace and fairness among members and also allow the party to maintain its position as the largest party in the country.
7 The governor advised members to adhere to guidelines for the conduct of primaries and also to ensure that all avenues of consensus have been exhausted for the emergence of parish officials.
8 He said that where this was not achieved, elections should be conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and without any hard feelings.
9 Lalong urged those responsible for conducting the elections to ensure that only registered members are allowed to participate in the process.
10 The Interim Chairman of APC in Plateau, Mr. Enouch Fanmak, said the stakeholder meeting aimed to prepare members for the upcoming tasks which were very crucial.
11 According to him, the party is working to ensure that all arrangements are made in time to allow a smooth exercise.
12 He said lessons had been learned from the party’s recent local government primaries in the state, as aggrieved people were heard by the reconciliation committee.
14 Also contributing, the Vice President of the National Assembly, Mr. Saleh Yipmong, expressed his optimism that the party would emerge from the process stronger thanks to the leadership of the governor who had been fair to all and always ready to show the ‘example. ( NOPE)