By: Valentine Adese (JP),
Hon. Sylvanus Namang, the Publicity Secretary of the Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) John Akans, as a liar, who works in a Falsehood Manufacturing Factory.
The Spokesman of the Plateau State APC, gave this description of John Akans, while reacting to a press statement by the PDP signed by John Akans himself, tagged , “HOW LALONG SQUANDERED OVER #2.3B ON CHARTERED FLIGHTS.”
In his press statement, dated 19th January, 2022, which acts as a rebuttal to the claims of the PDP that, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong has “Squandered #2.3b on chartered flights from 2015 to 2017 hence, he cannot pay workers salaries and pension”, Namang is demanding for substantial evidence from John Akans and the PDP.
Namang in his press statement made available to REALITY and other Media Houses in the state stated that, “The All Progressives Congress’ attention has been drawn to yet another distraction by the supposed opposition PDP in Plateau state with the above heading.
“Its totally overwhelmed, exhausted and ignorant state Publicity Secretary, John Akans, claimed in one bid that fresh facts have emerged that, Governor Simon Bako Lalong squandered #2.3b on chartered flights from 2015 to 2017 hence, he cannot pay workers salaries and pension.
“In another bid, he stated that, insider sources revealed that, a new debt profile of close to N400b has been incurred by the state.
“Akans also claimed in that very irresponsible press misadventure that, the Governor chartered two flights a day and five days a week to Abuja!
“Let John Akans and his co -travelers in what is left of the PDP know that, what they are claiming are not easily believed by the very informed and discerning people of Plateau state.
“The PDP is working with the mindset that lies told many times are likely to be passed, as the truth. But, they need to know that, lies fade out, while truth remains constant and sacrosanct.
“The bogus figures being churned out by John Akans in his latest and baseless press release this morning and the futile ones, about the British flyover and “Lalong budget of Looting” exist only in the Falsehood Manufacturing Factory of the PDP in Plateau state.”
Explaining more on the facts in issue, Mr. Namang stated that, “John Akans, to all those, who know his antecedents, is a disreputed rabid and an unrepentant character assassin, who lacks respect for people with any worth.
“Through his conduct, discerning minds would agree with us that, he is too immature and feeble minded to be entrusted with the responsibility of an image maker of any serious party.
“As a result of his behaviour, he could rather be passed for an undertaker, who once settled, would do anything as directed.
“The PDP by now ought to know that, Akans, who behaves like a bull in a China shop, constitutes a great embarrassment to it as a party, which once governed this state.
“He is mad with the APC in the state, as he expects it to remain silent over his barren and unsubstantiated vituperations, which we have always considered and rightly so, as obvious distraction.
“The APC has said it and let’s state it for the umpteenth time that, we need a true and vibrant opposition and not peddlers of falsehood and rumours.
“He should back his allegations about Governor Lalong and the chartered flights. Why is that what he alleged to have taken place between 2015 and 2017, being brought out as, fresh facts in 2022?
“The APC is challenging him to substantiate the claims, which he clearly knows are false. Chartered flights, twice a day and five times a week to Abuja and he wants this obvious lie to be believed, more so by the very intelligent Plateau people?
“He did not stop there. According to the PDP image maker, who we see as a misfit, “this has resulted in the non-payment of workers’ salaries and pension. Is it the same workers, who on their own volition named the Governor as, “Governor Alert” or which workers?
“Certainly, it cannot be the same workers, who had their Nine months backlog of salaries left unpaid by his principal, who owns his own faction of the PDP, but which was cleared, by the same Governor he is referring to.
“John Akans, also claimed that, Governor Lalong has left Plateau State with a debt profile of #122b and $96m as at December 2017.
“We again, challenge Akans, to provide the source of this statistics, if it’s not fabricated in their aforesaid factory.
“Debt stocks and other financial transactions by states are in the public domain. Except the lazy PDP, if not for its mischief, in this 21st century, these can easily be found out from the National Bureau of Statistics, which publishes monthly or quarterly reports on states’ financial standings.
“Where did Akans place the verified debt of over N200b left behind by the Jonah Jang’s administration in this debt charade?
“If from N200b debt left behind in 2015 by former Governor Jonah Jang and Governor Lalong was able to reduce it to N122b in two years by 2017, does he not deserve to be praised by the PDP?
“Haba John Akans, Wake up from your slumber!
John Akans in his day dreaming claimed that the APC in the Plateau State is traumatized by what he terms as, flurry of defection from the APC to the PDP.
“Let him inform the public of the number of defectors the PDP has so far received in spite of the media hype about such defection.
“The APC unlike the PDP in Plateau state is a democratic party with well set dispute resolution mechanism which it remains focused and undeterred in its pursuit.
“The factional dummy, by the PDP to some aggrieved APC members was peacefully resolved to the chagrin of the PDP.
“Let’s assure the PDP in Plateau state that our members would not defect to the PDP as doing so would amount to committing a political suicide. Our members would not leave their home to go into the rented house of the PDP which has a very intolerant, dictatorial and overbearing landlord.
“We have proved ourselves very capable of putting our house in order. The attempt to divide the ranks of the APC in the state is an attempt in futility.”