Simon Bako Lalong

Simon Bako Lalong was born on 5 May, 1963 in Ajikamai of Shendam Local Government of Plateau State.

Simon Bako Lalong attended Government Secondary School in Shendam LGA for his SSCE qualification before moving to School of Preliminary Studies (S.P.S) in Keffi Local Government Area Nassarawa State and passed out in 1986.

Simon lalong was in Ahmadu Bello University, Zari in Kaduna State where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Law in 1990. The mandatory Law School saw Simon Lalong in Nigerian Law School in Lagos and upon completion he was elevated to a Barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Justice in Nigeria. Resilience saw him obtain a master’s degree in Law from the pretigious University of Jos, Plateau State.

After his elementary and secondary schools education in Shendam Local Government Area he proceeded to the School of Preliminary Studies (S.P.S) Keffi, passing out in 1986. He then continued to Ahmadu Bello UniversityZaria, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Law. This was immediately followed by the Law School in Lagos, where he was also called to Bar. He later obtained a master’s degree in Law from the University of Jos, in 1996.

Simon Lalong was elected Member, Plateau State House of Assembly representing Shendam constituency under the People’s Democratic Party (P.D.P.) 1998 and was elected Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly in October 2000 not without strong resistance from within the house and only vacated his speakership position in 2006 due to pressure and storm in the chambers.

Simon Bako Lalong is the longest serving Speaker in the history of Plateau State House of Assembly and was elected Chairman, Conference of Speakers of the 36 State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria a capacity he served between 2001-2002.

The emergence of All Progressives Congress in Nigeria gave Simon Bako Lalong a shot for the seat of Governor, Plateau State in the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. A contest which pitched him against GNS Pwajok of People’s Democratic Party (P.D.P), a popular candidate who enjoined backing from the outgoing Governor, David Jonah Jang. It was alleged that GNS Pwajok received huge financial support from David Jang for his campaigns but Simon Lalong was the victor at the polls as Plateau State rejected the politics of ethnicity and sectionalism as against the principle of zoning for developments of 17 Local Government Area’s in Plateau State.

Shortly, Simon Bako Lalong lost his brother Mr. Wummen Bako due to illness on 26th September 2017 after a protracted illness. Wummen Tsenba Bako was buried in Ajikamai, Shendam LGA on 14th October 2017.

Simon Bako Lalong was re-elected for second term as Governor of Plateau State after beating the Jeremiah T. Useni, candidate of People’s Democratic Party during the 9th March, 2019 general elections in Plateau and 23rd March Plateau State supplementary governorship elections ordered by INEC due to inconclusive results.