Thursday, 4 February 2016

SUIT FILED BY COUNCILORS CHALLENGING THEIR SACK IN PLATEAU STATE, FIXED FOR HEARING



--AS COURT REFUSED TO GRANT STAY

By: Valentine Adese

There are strong indications that the tenure of the Management Committees in Plateau State would have to be extended again by the Plateau State House of Assembly, as the Plateau State High Court, Wednesday this week, ruled in favour of the sacked Councilors under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 17 Local Government Councils of the state to hear the suit they instituted against the Plateau State Government.


You would recall that the two months extension lately granted the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration in the state, led by Governor, Simon Lalong, in December, 2015, with respect to the tenure of the Committees, would elapse at the end of this month.

The Court Wednesday also threw away the application filed by the state government for stay of proceedings on the matter owing to lack of valid appeal filed against the suit.

The presiding Judge, Hon. Justice David Mann, of the Plateau State High Court 3, has therefore, fixed the hearing of the substantive matter for next week.

Within all these, the poor performances of the Management Committees in the 17 LGC have been a source of worry to most PDP members in the State House of Assembly.

You would recall that the Deputy Speaker and Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Yusuf Gagdi and Hon. Daniel Dam, have respectively called for Local Government Council (LGC) election in the state, in order to replace the Management Committees, owing to alleged poor performances.


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