Monday, 3 July 2017

PLATEAU: INTERNAL CRISIS MAY SOON SHIFT FROM THE PDP TO THE APC, AS ANTICIPATED LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION APPROACHES


By: Valentine Adese,
 
With the sack of the 17 Local Government Management Committees, that were overseeing the affairs of Local Government Councils  in Plateau state, last week Thursday, by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, the stage for the conduct of the much anticipated Local government election may be partially set.


The move by the Governor and the Plateau State Government to start a long awaited settlement process with the illegally sacked elected Local Government Chairmen and their Councilors in the 17 Local Government Councils after two years, also points to the fact that election is squarely anticipated.
 
However, while the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is beginning to shake itself out of its internal crises, distrust and building a new web of friendship and unity in the state, there are high indication that, the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) may soon start its blessings and reign of disputes, as the slated forthcoming local government elections approaches. 


For some weeks now, the call for the dissolution of the Management Committees did not go down well with some of the members of the APC, who are directly or indirectly gaining from the arrangement.
GOV. LALONG
Despite the extension of time given by the Plateau State House of Assembly, granted the members to occupy the office, most of them have continued to resist in anger, their removal by the Governor.

You would recall that, even from within the party, there has been an over blown grievance by some of the members, who have worked for the success of the party since 2015, over the non-replacement of the recently sacked Managements Committees. They have in their anger also, questioned why the governor had left them that long.
PLATEAU STATE MAP
You would recall that, an oversight function of the Plateau State House of Assembly, had in the past, indicted the 17 Local government Management Committees of poor performances in the past two years.

With their removal last week, REALITY gathered that, some of the members have instantly started re-lobbying for their return.

Although there are strong indications that, their lobby may not work this time around, REALITY further gathered that they might instigate a shown down or decamp with their supporters to any opposition party.

You would recall that REALITY Investigations in the recent past had suggested that a congress of the APC in Plateau state would be a true test of the unity of the party since 2015.

You would also recall that the PDP through Sen. Jonah David Jang had told the whole world that, the PDP in Plateau State is waiting to welcome decampees from the APC hence, there would be no efforts directed towards poaching. 

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