By: Valentine Adese,
Despite the victory of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015 and the eventual inauguration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong’s administration on 29th May, 2015 in Plateau State, the grievance and quest within the party by some members to see that the Governor fails in administering the state is becoming more obvious. REALITY can authoritatively state.
The sack of the Elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors in the 17 Local Government Councils in 2015 in the state, has been singularly attributed to Governor Lalong, by some members of his party, despite the fact that the state party’s Chairman, Hon. Letep Dabang, had in several fora, accepted that, most decision taken by the Governor, were usually having the support, blessings and input of the state chapter of the party.
REALITY gathered that while top members of the party had persuaded the Governor, to remove the recently sacked Management Committee Members and to replace them with new ones, in the face of the call by the people of the state for an election that would produce elected officers of the Local Government Councils, that would be accountable to the people, they same people on the other hand REALITY authoritatively gathered have continued to inflict image-injury on the Governor, citing his inability to use his professional skills, as a Lawyer.
Despite this push being to their benefits, these members have not taken the responsibility to establishing their interest to party members, especially the people of the state and threat to the Governor on the issue.
REALITY gathered that, in order to pave way for an election at the Local Government tier in the state, Governor Lalong had to sack the Management Committees without putting many on Notice.
However, as the system would always fight back, the Governor was blackmailed, as owing the sacked members, six months arrears and they also made attempts to twist his administrative arms, to extent their already overdue periods in office or they will decamp to other opposition political parties operating in the state, to further frustrate his administration.
To fight back administratively, Governor Lalong, to save the soul of the party in the state, decided to raise the bar for a would be member of any reconstituted Transition Committee under his watch.
Unknown to Governor Lalong, that the former members have already had a perfected plan, to outsmart him.
REALITY in the course of its investigation discovered that, 10 out of the 17 Local Government Councils in the state, in the course of the party’s selection exercise, to fill the vacancies at the Local Government Councils the sacked Management Committee members, in some LGAs have already attempting to make their ways back, which had caused disaffection and grievance in the selection process.
Pundits who spoke to REALITY in the state, have held that the Governor would be in shock when he would see the final list that would be sent to him for confirmation.
Sadly also, is the issue of lack of proper care for the security personnel in the State’s Government House that seems not to have been brought probably to the notice or awareness of the Executive Governor.
REALITY gathered that, the security operatives in the state government house, have been going without their allowances being paid for several months, thereby, lowering their motivation to work. Although REALITY also gathered that promises had in the past been made on the subject matter, the issue has not been addressed to date.
You would recall that the office of the Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPPA), Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, was broken into in the past without the public made known of it.
More worrisome also, for the Governor to give himself media support in the past few months, REALITY gathered that, Governor Lalong’s friends and aids, while he held sway, as the then Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly (PLHA) have volunteered to come to his rescue, as the infighting among his media aids is yet to be abated on supremacy issue.