The Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong has been unveiled as the Director General of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organisation.
The National Chairman of APC Abdullahi Adamu, who led the presidential candidate of the party Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office in Abuja, made the announcement at a briefing at the state house, Abuja.
He equally unveiled the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo as the interim spokesperson of the Campaign Organisation and named Hannatu Musawa as Keyamo’s deputy.
The APC chairman said the meeting was to brief the President and get his approval on the party’s plans regarding the campaign outfit and organogram.
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 Presidential 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 next year’s presidential elections.
“He has the ability to do it. The party leadership has seen that he is capable of running the affairs of the campaign outfit,” he noted.
He noted that the party is sensitive to the concerns of Nigerians and assured that amicable solutions to the various sentiments would be worked out before the commencement of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Governor Lalong stated that he was surprised when he heard the announcement, promising to work along the established structure of the party.