By Milcah Tanimu
Barring any unforeseen developments, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, is on the brink of resigning from his current ministerial role to take up a seat in the Senate. This anticipated move follows the recent Court of Appeal affirmation on November 7, which upheld the tribunal’s decision to unseat elected members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State. The court declared Lalong as the winner of the Plateau South Senatorial election held on February 25, 2023.
Following the appellate court ruling, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued the Certificate of Return to Lalong. Sources close to the Minister, who is also the immediate past governor of Plateau State and Director-General of the Tinubu Presidential Council, revealed to Vanguard that Lalong is poised to resign soon to join the Senate.
According to the insider, “The Minister will very soon join the Senate. He will go there to ensure that President Bola Tinubu succeeds. The Senate is where the elders are, and he wants to join them. A new, younger person will be appointed by Mr. President as the Minister representing Plateau State to replace His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, as soon as he resigns. You know the role played by the Minister during the campaigns; he believes in Asiwaju and is ready to contribute to ensuring that the government succeeds.”