Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has advised his political rival who contested the governorship election with him under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jerremiah Useni to leave the stage for his eldest daughter.
The governor who spoke to news men at the Presidential Villa, Abuja today, November 29, said: “his (Useni’s) daughter was my classmate. I have told him several times that his first daughter was my classmate. So at this stage, I would have been expecting his daughter to contest for governor and not him.
“His daughter was my classmate, we went to school together and so why should we be fighting?
“Fighting him is like fighting a father. It’s unfortunate but for me, I say my focus is Plateau State.”
He said that Useni had boasted that as General in the army he would not fight and retire and that he would go to the Supreme Court.
“That I think is to make me lose focus but I have not lost any focus in Plateau State.
“As he is moving, I am becoming more determined because just before the judgment, I think he will say go to Plateau state.”
Governor Lalong, said that as far as he is concerned, the main election was more important.
“I did the election, I did a run off, we went to the tribunal the first time, we went again for the second time. Well I don’t know whether he is going for the third time.
“One thing I am very sure and with the confidence I have in Plateau people, I know that this victory they are very happy about it. They have prayed about it and the victory is very sweet. You know when you get things this way and people are very happy.
“I am serving people and each time I look at them, I pity them if there is any change in Plateau State with what have done so far, restoring peace in Plateau State, bringing development to the people of Plateau state and all over night, to say that something can change it. It will be very very unfortunate. But I thank God for the judgment and also the confidence we have in the judiciary.”