By: Valentine Adese (JP),
The private conversation of the immediate past Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Solomon Dalung and the immediate past governor of Plateau State, Sen Jonah David Jang has not only gone viral in the social media, but has continued to generate debate among those, who have come across the video, in relation to the denial of the interpretation of the conversational words used between the duo in a press release by, Hon. Dalung.
Hon. Dalung has plainly denied the usage of the word “APC’ in the course of the conversation with the former governor, but that they were both simply analyzing the recent Supreme Court Judgment in relation to Imo, Kano, Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi and Benue states.
Hon. Daung claimed in his Press Release that, “I also stated that the Supreme Court having set the judicial precedent in the Imo case, will determine the legal direction in the then undecided cases of Kano, Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi and Benue states.”
But, Nigerians have continued to query the word, “BA MU” (a Hausa word, meaning “give us”) used repeatedly by the former Minister in the video. Many in the debate have opined that, the Minister cannot be speaking for himself when he used the word “Ba Mu.”
The ongoing debate on the issue has raised several interests.
You would recall that the Minister (Hon. Dalung) and the incumbent Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, have maintained a faceoff and a political cold war, throughout the last 4 years, when Hon. Dalung served as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
More so, the Supreme Court had also upheld the victory of the Governor, when the Apex Court, struck out the Appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its gubernatorial candidate, challenging the Governor’s victory in the 2019 governorship election in Plateau State for lack of merit, at the time of the conversation, as alleged.
READ THE PRESS RELEASE FROM HON. SOLOMON S. DALUNG, FORMER MINISTER FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA BELOW, UNEDITED.
“Greetings, My attention has been drawn to an online release in which I was alleged to have stated that giving my party the APC, an undeserved victory is injustice”. I wish to make it clear that even though I am not under obligation to respond to the news making the rounds on the statement, I wish to make it clear that in order not for my silence to be taken as accepting the alleged statement, be notified that I was misquoted in the sense that I didn’t mention the APC as having gotten an undeserved victory whether in Imo State or any other state for that matter. The fact is that the alleged statement was a conversation between myself and Sen. Jonah David Jang at a funeral service of the Late Rev. Alexander Lar, on the need to ensure that credibility and justice must be pursued to by all stakeholders to engender and promote legal and moral rectitude in electoral victory in Nigeria.
My comment to Sen. Jang was also that no elected public office holder in Nigeria has the moral standing to take his/her oath of office using the Holy Bible or Quran if such electoral victory is tainted with fraud.
I also stated that the Supreme Court having set the judicial precedent in the Imo case, will determine the legal direction in the then undecided cases of Kano, Plateau, Sokoto, Bauchi and Benue states.
Hon. Barr. Solomon S. Dalung
(Former Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria)”
TO IMPROVE THE DEBATE, THE STORY BEEN COMPLAINED ABOUT BY THE FORMER MINISTER PUBLISHED BY AN ONLINE NEWS PORTER IS REPRODUCED BELOW FOR YOUR PERUSAL:-
“Jos, Nigeria: Former Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung says it is unfair to give the ruling All Progressives Congress Party undeserved victory.
The Nigerian judiciary, according to Dalung will be promoting injustice by giving the party elections it didn’t win.
In a private chat, Saturday with former Senator and Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang in Jos, Dalung particularly queried the arithmetic recently used by the Supreme Court to qualify APC as winner of Imo State Governorship elections from fourth position in the initial official results.
“That calculator must be used in Kano, Bauchi, Plateau and anywhere elections were canceled.
“If the calculator stops in Imo, then there is no truth in it.”
The President Muhammadu Buhari diehard supporter said no one should be deprived of his rightful elections in a true democracy.
“I always say it, where we didn’t win elections, give it to the rightful winner. That is justice.”
Dalung advised those forcefully declared winners of the February/March 2019 elections not to incur curses on themselves.
“If you didn’t win an election and you still stand to swear with the Bible…No…,” said the Minister, shrouding his shoulders.”