Gyang Bere, Jos
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong said his administration will work with opposition political parties and every stakeholders for the development and prosperity of Plateau people.
He noted that he will not harrass, witch-hunt or intimidate his opponent, but will extend a hand of friendship to consolidate on the existing peace in the state.
Lalong disclosed this on Sunday after he was declared winner of the supplementary governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Plateau State.
“The outcome of the exercise in the state was clearly an amazing show of confidence and trust. It was also a referendum on our most cherished principles of Unity and Peace as well as affirmation of the desire to move to the Next Level.
“Moving to the next level in the light of equality and inclusiveness, which are core values fundamentally located in the heart of the Plateau spirit that speak to our sense of communality, diverse ethnicity, mutual respect, tolerance, peace, hospitality, humility and diligence.
“To my fellow contestants, who not only participated in the historic Gubernatorial Debate, prior to the elections and also contested with me, I wish to congratulate you for your matured conduct during and after our electioneering campaigns.
“I also extend my hands of friendship and urge you to share in the patriotic zeal of building a virile Plateau so that we can bequeath a positive and lasting legacy for the younger generations.”
Lalong called on the citizens of Plateau to regard the victory at the polls as a victory for the whole Plateau with no victor and no vanquished.
He said the victory was a clarion call for consolidation on the gains of his administration and sustainable peaceful co-existence in the state.
“I urge all citizens to celebrate in harmony with even the opposition without harassment, intimidation and provocative statements against any person or group,” the governor stated.
Lalong praised the courage and dexterity of INEC and security agencies for complying with electoral procedure, and for their contribution to the success and peaceful conduct of the election.