By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki
There are strong indications that some members of the All Progressive Congress APC in the 17 local government areas in Plateau state are beginning to join forces with those who have been having nocturnal meetings in the state in planning the removal of the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Azi.
These members who are coming under the aegis of Aggrieved Members of the APC, are joining the meeting which is planning to remove the Speaker, as REALITY learnt, because of the recent decision taken by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly to extend the tenures of the Local Government Councils’ Management Committees, by another six (6) months.
A report reaching our news desk also indicates that, over seven (7) members of the APC in the State House of Assembly have allegedly, already given their approvals to the plan.
You would recall that REALITY had reported that some members of the House and some top political godfathers in Plateau State have been seen engaging in nocturnal meetings in the past few days on the issue.
REALITY gathers that most of the politicians seen in most of these nocturnal meetings, have expressed dissatisfaction over the level of representation of the Speaker, especially, with respect to their welfare, that of the assembly workers and matters of importance affecting the state.
Some of the aggrieved members, had stated that, “We are simply enduring Hon. Azi. We have to cover most of his deficiencies in office and represent him with competent hands at all times”.
“But, we are now so worried because, he is more engaged in partisan politics whenever issues of the state are brought up. He makes us look foolish to our constituents in most cases as we lack proper explanations to give them in respect to most decisions and resolutions of the House.”
“Just look at the present extension of the tenure of the Management Committees in the 17 LGC, these Chairmen and their members, are they the only ones that worked for the victory of the APC in their Local Government Areas? Why do we support them to remain there for this long?
“We were trying to cure the issue of the allegations making the rounds in the state that we, as members, have collected money from the Chairmen, and this happened. What about our approving of loans without having or knowing the details of how it would be utilized and paid back? How do we explain these?
“We need someone else and this we must do!
You would recall that REALITY had reported that there are strong fears that plans would soon commence towards the impeachment of the Speaker, as lawmakers split in opinion along party lines, over the issue of the extension of the tenure of Local Government Management Committee in the 17 Local Government Councils of the state.
Governor, Simon Lalong, in his recent communication read on the floor of the House, he had requested for a further extension of the tenure of the Management Committees, pending when the state would have funds to conduct the much awaited Local Government Councils’ election.
Before now, the House had unanimously agreed that the Management Committees would only continue to enjoy two months extension after expiration of their tenure, in order to create room for effective checks by the Legislators in their oversight functions.
More also, the House is in receipt of several petitions of some of the present Chairmen, over poor performances among other allegations.