Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state in northcentral part of Nigeria, has said the media is critical in the sustenance of democracy, even as the general elections gets underway.
Lalong said hope for Nigeria lies on effective media reportage with robust objectivity devoid of bias, adding that the future of democracy depends on it for the enhancement of good governance.
Lalong spoke on Thursday during a press briefing to herald his official campaigns into the trenches to canvas for votes as he seeks to return to power.
Speaking through his Director of Campaign, Mr. Pam Dung Gyang, Lalong said, “We have come to seek your support as partners in these crucial elections. Let it be said without equivocation that we have very high regards and consideration for the media who have done a lot in propagating the activities of this administration.
“The launch of the campaign comes up on Friday at Pankshin which is the zonal headquarters of the Plateau Central zone, followed by the campaign launch for the Southern zone at Shandam on Monday 4th February.
“We wish through your medium to appeal to the generality of Plateau people and all political parties to eschew acrimony and hate mongering as we commence the next stages of electioneering campaigns”.