By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
The Plateau State Government has said that the Minster of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung is being used by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to disparage President Muhmmadu Buhari .
Commissioner for information and Communication in the state, Hon Yakubu Dati in a statement made available to newsmen in Jos reads that: “Minister for Sports and Youths Development, Solomon Selcap Dalung has descended heavily on Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State for naming a newly commissioned road in Jos after President Muhammadu Buhari”.
Dati said the comment by the minister is a confirmation that he is being used by the opposition PDP to rubbish the gains made by the APC on account of President Buhari’s visit to the state.
The Minister took to his Facebook page to criticise the Plateau State governor and described the naming of the road after Buhari as a disaster.
He said the decision to name the street after President Buhari was borne out of desperation by the governor to secure a second term in 2019.
Said Dalung: “Another disaster of the President’s visit was the renaming of Yakubu Gowon way to Muhammadu Buhari way. To say the least, it is embarrassing.
” Gowon was the President’s boss how can he be stripped of a 40 years privilege and honour in his home state? This is the worst thing that can happen to a man like the elder statesman. I believe that General Gowon is feeling betrayed and abandoned by his own people.
“This is a political decision of Lalong desperately taken to secure 2019 ambition but not the decision of the people of plateau. We condemned this act with all sense of love for Yakubu Gowon as a father, while advising Governor Alert to withdraw this unpatriotic decision and publicly apologized to Yakubu Gowon and the President for embarrassing them.
“If the visit of the president was intended to secure 2019 for Lalong, it has exposed his ambition to great risk and multiply his opponents. “
The state commissioner for information, Mr. yakubu Dati when contacted described the comments by the minister as the “gibberish of an attention seeker bereft of logic and fact,”
Dati said the truth of the matter is that the Yakubu Gowon way still exists as no road was renamed.
The commissioner explained that the “Muhammadu buhari way” starts at Mararaban Jama’a round-about through anguldi and bukuru express way then ends at ta’en round-about.
He said the existing Yakubu Gowon way starts at same Ta’en junction through building materials – zarmaganda junction, miango – old airport junctions, through secretariat over head bridge and ends at plateau specialist hospital round-about.
The commissioner further explained that the D. B zang road starts from the plateau specialist hospital round-about and ends at Hill-Station round-about.
Joseph Gomwalk road then starts from Hill-station round-about and ends at Polo Club round-about.