While speaking in an interview with ViewPointNigeria on Saturday, the APC chairman in Plateau State, Latep Dabang, criticised the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, allegedly describing him as a lunatic, and accused the minister of working against the party in the state.
In his response on Monday, the minister thanked Dabang “for speaking your minds even though uninformed about the facts.”
“Let me appreciate the chairman of my party, Latep Dabang, for referring to me as a mad man. Of course he is free to his opinions but certainly not correct too. I am of a sound mind because mad people do not possess capacities to raise weighty issues.”
According to Dalung, the APC chairman was frustrated. “I can understand the problems confronting my friend and brother, Latep Dabang. His mentor has left the party, so things are falling apart, the centre can no longer hold.”
The Minister also accused the Plateau State Government of mismanaging over $2 billion loan collected, adding that the APC administration in Plateau was not prudent in managing resources.
“Where is the $2 billion loan collected from African Development Bank for potatoes processing factory payable in 25 years? Where is the factory located? Or where is the money kept and whose account? Why did the state government keep the issue of the loan secret?” the minister said in a statement he personally signed in response to an attack on him by the APC chairman in the state.
“What is happening to LG funds? What is happening to 5 per cent meant for the traditional council?”
Speaking further, he accused the governor of lying about the security situation in the state; and of deceiving President Muhammadu Buhari.
”And if peace has returned to Plateau, why was the LG elections suspended because of security concerns? Is it not true that Governor Jang constructed all the roads in Jos and Bukuru metropolis except for state low cost -Dong road?
"You were present when former President Goodluck commissioned Federal Secretariat bridge, why did Governor Lalong mislead the president to recommission it again?” he said.