Mr Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau State.
By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos – Following threat to impeach three council chairmen in Plateau State, the State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has called for calm, asking that the politicians at the third tier of government do not heat the polity.
Recall that all the 17 local government areas of the State are being controlled by the APC and in the last few days, there have been issues in Mangu, Jos North, and Langtang North local government areas.
The Legislative arms of Langtang North and Jos North have passed a vote of no confidence on their Executive Chairmen and have served them with notices of impeachment.
But the State APC Publicity Secretary, Sylvanus Namang, in a statement issued at the weekend in Jos asked all actions taken against the Executive arm be suspended.
The statement reads, “The Plateau State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress received with concern developments in Mangu, Jos North, and Langtang North Local Governments in the past two days. These bother on a misunderstanding between the Legislative and Executive Arms at the third tier of government where the Legislative Arms have impeached, suspended, or threatened to impeach the Chairmen or their Deputies.
“Whatever are the merit or demerit of the actions by the Legislative Arms in the said local governments, the APC in the State calls for calm. The status quo ante should be maintained in the said local governments, which is that all the actions taken or purported to have been taken against the Executive Arms should be suspended forthwith. The APC is a Party built on a solid foundation of law and order and has a very strong dispute resolution mechanism which was not deployed or exhausted in these cases.
“The Party hereby commends the roles of His Excellency, Governor Simon Lalong through his Deputy, His Excellency, Professor Sonni Tyoden, the Plateau State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Honourable Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and security agencies in the state in promptly restoring sanity and law and order in the affected local governments.”
The Party assured the feuding parties and the public that it would “dig into the roots causes of the disquiet in the affected local governments and any infraction discovered would not go without appropriate sanction.”