Security operatives at the Plateau State Governorship election tribunal have been called upon to ensure that the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Alhaji Shittu Bamaiyi, and every other citizen attending the tribunal sitting are fully protected.

A statement by the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Hon. Sylvanus Namang, said the attention of the party in Plateau state has been drawn to an orchestrated and well-coordinated plans by some desperate supporters of certain political parties in the state to attack the spokesman of the APC Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Alhaji Shittu Bamaiyi.

“We have it on good authority that members of the political party are very uncomfortable with his coverage of events at tribunal and have drawn out elaborate plans on how to silence the campaign spokesman”.

“To actualize their plan, some selected pressmen have been mobilized to attend tomorrow’s proceeding when the tribunal’s attention would be drawn that Alhaji Shittu Bamaiyi has been misinforming members of the public about the happenings at the tribunal as was raised by one of the Plaintiff’s leading counsel against the earlier mentioned Judiciary Correspondent who is fond of misinforming the public”.

The party, we are reliably informed by insiders that the opponents are greatly worried and afraid of the wide readership and followership attracted by the coverage given by Alhaji Bamaiyi who apart from being a veteran journalist is also a lawyer.

“The public rely more on his reports which are as credible as they truly reflect what transpired at the tribunal rather than the slanted reports by the Judiciary Correspondent of a government-owned electronic media”.

“We are further informed that given the foregoing, the party felt that it needs to do something urgently to discredit and embarrass him more so when they are about to enter defense at the tribunal resumed sitting”.

To carry out the hatchet job, the statement disclosed that, a one-time Commissioner who is part of the defense counsel is planning with a leading senior lawyer to trump up allegations against Alhaji Shittu Bamaiyi at the tribunal sitting.

“This is aimed to discredit whatever he may write about the happenings at the tribunal subsequently”.

“Worried by Alhaji Shittu Bamaiyi’s reports which have become a thorn in their flesh, they want to insist that his presence at the tribunal should not be in his capacity as reporter but a spokesman of the APC Campaign Council”, Hon. Sylvanus Namang stressed

It could be noted that Shittu Bamaiyi who is a veteran journalist with over thirty years of experience in judiciary reporting, moreso, a lawyer cannot engage in misleading the public by writing what did not transpire at the tribunal.

“We want to categorically state that we have absolute confidence in Alhaji Shittu Bamaiyi’s ability to carry out his function as expected and we would therefore resist any attempt to ridicule him at the tribunal resumed sitting”.

It could be recalled that at the last adjourned sitting of the tribunal, there was a serious attempt to attack Alhaji Shittu Bamaiyi, who based on security tips, had to be rushed out of the tribunal promises.

“The All Progressives Congress in Plateau State wishes to restate its full support and confidence in the Gubernatorial and other Tribunals sitting in Jos”.

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