Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, has berated his predecessor, Sen. Jonah David Jang and the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Damishi Sango, for daring to criticised his administration over the non-conduction of local government elections in the state.
It would be recalled that Jang and the PDP Chairman, had accused Governor Lalong of unconstitutionality for refusing to conduct LG elections and then appointing councillors into the said positions.
In a swift reaction, on Wednesday 10th August, immediately after ratifying a bill establishing Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) and Plateau State Internal Revenue Service at Government House, Jos, Lalong said the council election conducted by Sen. Jang was not based on the rule of law.
“I will not behave like my predecessor who conducted local government election with conflicted laws. Infact, the election were not based on the rule of law -I say this because even when some LG chairmen won their mandates from election tribunals, the governor refused to swear them in. It was when I came into power in 2015 that some of them were sworn into office”.
“My predecessor and the opposition PDP have being saying that I refused to conduct local government election because the APC will be defeated and today, I have signed into law the PLASIEC bill, as my commitment to conduct the said elections. And I will be ready to swear in anybody who wins regardless of what party they are from ”.
Lalong said PDP has been critical of the performance of his administration and noted that the ruling APC will demonstrate its political superiority in Plateau, now that machineries have been put in place for a successful election.
“If PLASIC rolls out time table to conduct local government election next month, I am ready because I have set the basis for the conduction of free, fair and credible elections.”
He averred that Plateau is fully an APC state and ruled out the chances of the opposition PDP clinching anything significant during the elections.
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