APC chieftain Lumumba Adeh has suggested that Prof. Yilwada Goshwe Nentawe, the party’s candidate in the recently concluded gubernatorial elections, take Simon Lalong’s place as the former governor of Plateau State as Minister of the Federal Republic, News About Nigeria reports.
He made this known in a statement, noting that it was only right that Nentawe be given the right of first refusal to be appointed as the Minister of the State.
Recall that the Minister of Labour and Employment, former Governor Simon Lalong, was recently awarded his certificate of return from INEC after being declared the winner of the Plateau South Senatorial election by the Court of Appeal.
This has, however, led to tension within the APC family in the state, as some party faithful have been contending to replace him as a minister.
Adeh, a former member of the House of Representatives who was a Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, therefore urged all involved to place the interest and growth of the party above their selfish interests, adding that this would earn them the respect of Abuja.
He noted that this was an opportunity to right the wrongs that were done in the party primaries during the governorship election and heal all open wounds, adding that the party should not pass up this opportunity to ensure that APC in the Plateau state continues in ways that would be less prone to creating more acrimony and suspicion.
Adeh also acknowledged that Nentawe had prevailed at the appeals court and was just one step away from being elected governor of Plateau State.
However, he insisted that should the supreme court rule against the party, Nentawe would be entitled to a ministerial position as a reward for his perseverance, and should the court rule in favour of the party, the party would be honouring the candidate by deferring to him when it comes to submitting a nomination for that esteemed position.