Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, Minister of Labour and Employment and former governor of Plateau State, said he has yet to determine whether or not to resign as a minister as a result of the appeal court’s decision declaring him the winner of the Plateau South senatorial race.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Napoleon Bali, who received 148,844 votes, was fired by the appellate court because the party had a functional structure and hence could not submit candidates for the election.
Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC) finished second in the election with 91,674 votes. He stated that he was still speaking with his constituents about whether he should remain a minister or run for the Senate seat.
Dr Makut Simon Macham, the minister’s media aide, said this in response to a question on which of the roles the former Plateau governor will take after the Appeal Court decision.
Macham said, “The Minister of Labour and Employment and former governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, gives God all the glory for this affirmation as the duly elected Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial District.
“He dedicates this victory to the entire people of the district and renews his commitment to national service. He is widely consulting on the mandate and will make known his decision at the appropriate time, “the media adviser added.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of APC, said if Lalong remained as minister, the party was confident of winning another fresh election of the Plateau South senatorial district.
Sylvanus Namang, who is the State Publicity Secretary of the party, said APC was not afraid of fresh elections in Plateau South.