Monday, 4 July 2016


By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki

The political war in plateau state is taking a different dimension, as the actors in the war have started threatening each other with legal actions in order to prove their innocence or guiltiness. 

As the political war moves from the Plateau State capital to the seat of the President, the immediate past governor of the state and now Senator, representing the Northern Senatorial District of Plateau State, Sen. Jonah Jang has threatened to drag the All Progressive Congress and its governor, Simon Bako Lalong, to court, if the duo cannot publish the alleged document where they alleged that he had given his consent to the establishment of grazing reserve or ranching policy in the state in his eight-year tenure.

The senator in a press release that has now gone virile has stated that, if any document is published, “it’s fake” and it is another ground for dragging Lalong and the APC to court.  

Senator Jang in its press release signed by his media aide, Mr. Clinton Garuba, made available to Journalists in Jos, also advised Governor Lalong to deliver on the dividends of democracy or be shown the way out in 2019.

The press release in part reads:

“Sen. Jang challenges the Lalong administration to publish any document where he endorsed the creation of grazing reserve in Plateau State throughout the eight-year tenure of his government, if indeed, he publishes any document, then it’s fake and leave him with no option than to institute a Legal action against the government. If all the governor can do, instead of addressing the issues he has to contend with at home, is to run to the villa to try to rubbish Plateau people as if they were the ones that voted for him, he indeed has lost track and should and should prepare to give way in 2019 to a government better prepared to serve the people of Plateau State.

“If the APC government accuses Jang of being behind the protest that stopped its plan to implement a grazing reserve policy in the state, then it is an indictment on itself for failing to unite and galvanize the people toward working for the growth and development of the state.

“If the stand of Jang has awakened the people to rejecting the mortgaging of their state then Barr. Lalong is right to have said Jang was responsible.

“It must however be stated in unequivocal terms that Sen. Jang does not support and will not support acquisition of land for herdsmen under any guise or by whatever nomenclature it is known.

“We wish Barr. Lalong and his cohorts on the journey to selling Plateau State well and urge them to go ahead with their pursuit for personal gains but, they should also remember that the clock is ticking and they have limited time to either deliver on the dividends of democracy or be shown the way out in 2019.”

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