By: Valentine Adese and Steve Aluko,
Political analysts and observers in Plateau State, have opined that the recent approach of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to force Governor Simon Bako Lalong, through the State High Court, to conduct Election for the 17 Local Government Councils in the state, may turn around to be a good reason for the Governor not to conduct the election any time soon.
They also stated that since the Constitution provides that judgments can be appealed, it therefore holds that any of the party that loses at the State High Court can proceed to the Court of Appeal.
They submitted that, “PDP just launched the pad that Governor Lalong has been waiting for by approaching the Courts. They have given him good reasons to keep the Transition Committee he just inaugurated for a very long time.
“We are aware that the Governor had exhausted all complaints and explanations to the people on why the elections have not been conducted before this opportunity showed.
“Apart from delaying the processes at the lower court now, which the administration has the capacity to do, the judgment at that level is also open to appeal. Now ask yourself, how many years are left out of the four (4) years mandate given to the Governor?
“Nigerians have celebrated the recent amendments of the 1999 Constitution but, it cannot come into effect now until the President assent to it. It therefore follows that we are in the same place according to the words of late Fela.
You would recall that for over two years of Governor Simon Lalong led All Progressive Congress (APC) administration in Plateau state, he has not conducted elections to fill the democratic offices at the Local Government Level despite several calls by the people.