INEC hands over Certificate of Return to Simon Lalong in Plateau State

Omolola Bello, Jos

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Plateau State North Central Nigeria has issued a certificate of return to Governor elect Simon Lalong, his Deputy; Professor Sunny Tyoden and twenty three members of the Plateau’s House of Assembly.

Handing over the Certificate in Jos, Plateau state capital, the INEC National Commissioner supervising FCT, Kaduna, Niger and plateau states, Professor Antonia Okoosi congratulated the Governor elect and other members of the state Assembly for their victory at the polls.

Professor Okoosi while commending indigenes of the state for their peaceful conduct at the polls urged disgruntled persons and parties to feel free to seek judicial remedy where they believe they have genuine cases.

“Seeking judicial remedy is not only a part and parcel of the electoral process in Nigeria; it is consistent with the culture of democracy as opposed to resorting to self-help.” 

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Plateau State, Mallam Halilu Pai who also congratulated the governor elect and members who were elected or re-elected wished them a successful tenure.

Mr. Halilu Pai however ceased the opportunity to console with the parents of the ad-hoc staff who lost their lives in the cause of their national assignment and prayed for the repose of the soul of Mr. Ezekiel Afon who passed away shortly after his victory as a member of the House of Assembly.

Mr. Pai further appreciated all critical stakeholders who collaborated and supported the commission throughout the electoral process.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong who was re-elected as the governor of the state, for a period of four years, arrived the INEC secretariat in company of his deputy Prof. Sonnie Tyoden and their spouses as well as their well wishers to receive their Certificate of Return.

Shortly after receiving his certificate, Simon Bako Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC) assured the Plateau people of his administration’s resolve to build on their past achievements of peaceful co-existence.

He appreciated the Plateau state INEC Commissioner and the security agencies who have worked tirelessly to achieve a peaceful electioneering process in the state.

“We are conscious of the beauty of history that requires us to leave behind a lasting legacy that others will build on. All hands must be on deck in the next four years so that together, we will do more,” he stated.

Speaking on behalf of the elected Plateau State House of Assembly members, Mrs Esther Dusu, member representing Jos North west said that the 9th Assembly is ready to work in cycle with the government of the state to achieve more successes in this administration.

Omolayo.A