We supported powershift to the south for stability, says Lalong


Plateau state governor and chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has said that governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the north supported power shift to the south to promote stability.
Speaking at the ninth annual Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Lecture in Lafia, Nasarawa state, Lalong, ninth annual Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Lecture in Lafia, Nasarawa state, Lalong, said the governors support was not necessarily for Bola Tinubu to become president but for the president to come from the south.
Lalong who was the director-general of Tinubu’s presidential campaign organisation, said the governors arrived at the decision for the stability of the nation.
He said, “When I led my colleagues – the northern governors – to push for power shift to the south, it was not because we wanted Asiwaju to be president. Rather, we wanted to ensure that justice and fairness prevail in our nation for unity, peace and harmony.
“That is what we believe our revered father of blessed memory, Sir Ahmadu Bello, would do in such circumstances.
“Fortunately, the party delegates chose Asiwaju who was eventually accepted by Nigerians as he was unanimously elected.”
Lalong said the northern region needs serious attention in vital sectors ranging from security, education, infrastructure, agriculture, economic revival and restoration of law and order in various areas that have been ravaged by insecurity.
“It is heartening to note that the Northern Governors Forum, under my leadership, has done a great deal of work on bringing our people together as one people with a common destiny”, he said.


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