APC Loses 2 Senators In Two Months

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost one of its senators in the Red Chamber, Ignatius Longjan, who until his death represented Plateau South Senatorial District.

Longjan’s death came barely two months after the APC lost a senator, Benjamin Uwajumogu, who represented Imo North in the upper legislative chamber.

The Plateau lawmaker, who was the vice chairman of Senate committee on culture and tourism, was said to have died on Sunday night after battling an undisclosed illness.

Longjan was a former deputy governor of Plateau State between 2011 and 2015.

Reacting, Senate President Ahamad Lawan described the lawmaker’s death as a “sad loss”.

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Lawan acknowledged Longjan’s contributions both at the state and national levels as former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS), Kuru, former Chief of Staff at the Government House in Jos and former Plateau State Deputy Governor between 2011 and 2019.

The Senate President condoled with members of the lawmaker’s family and prayed to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

The APC, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said it was saddened by Longjan’s death.

The party described the senator as “a grassroots politician and progressive federal lawmaker who advocated for a smooth working relationship between the executive and legislature as a way of ensuring good governance and proper initiation and implementation of policies that impact positively on the people.”

“He was a loyal party man who championed party supremacy over personal interest in all party matters and decisions, as displayed in the emergence of the leadership of the current 9th National Assembly.

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“We extend our condolences to Senator Longjan’s immediate family, constituents, the National Assembly, the government and entire people of Plateau State. May the Almighty God grant all comfort during this time of grief and may the soul of Senator Longjan rest in peace,” said the APC.

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