Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, has denied rumours that he lobbied to be the running mate of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Speaking with journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa on Wednesday, August 10, Lalong urged Nigerians to disregard the claim.
“Some people said it’s because I was denied VP, I said, I did not lobby for VP. Yes, many people were lobbying and writing on my behalf, but what I wanted to be, and I still stand, for now, I obtained a form for Senate, and I won. I have my senatorial ticket that I’m waiting for,” he said.
The governor, who has just been announced as the director-general of the APC presidential campaign commission, allayed concerns raised by some Nigerians over the Muslim/Muslim ticket presented by his party.
He noted that, as a Catholic, the Pope had not disapproved of his recent appointment.
Lalong maintained that his appointment would not affect his duty as governor of Plateau state.
The governor expressed optimism that the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, would win in 2023.