By: Our Reporter,
A group of Plateau elders under the auspices of Plateau Political Elders' Forum, (PPEF) has said that the postponement of the scheduled 17th February, 2018, was to save lives following security reports that some politicians want to use the election to unleash mayhem in the state.The group said that it would be politically unwise to conduct an election that could throw the state into the dark days, taking into cognizance the peace that the state has been enjoying, especially during this administration led by Governor Simon Lalong.
In a statement in Jos, signed by the group’s President, Elder Ayuba Shown and Secretary. Rev. Bitrus Naiwaazi, the group said that as elders, they would not sit by and watch the state burn as a result of circumstances that could be avoided.
The group in the text statement, recalled that the inability of the Jang administration to heed security reports in 2008 and went ahead to conducted local government elections led to loss of lives and property, adding that, “wise counsel prevailed on the same administration to postpone local government election a record four times.”
The statement in part reads:
"We believe that this administration will not be afraid of taking the hard decision of postponing the election if only it would help in saving lives and properly of millions of Plateau citizens.
"You recall that previous attempts at going ahead to conduct local government election in Plateau State had led to bloodshed and destruction of properties worth millions of naira.
"Previous crises had caught innocent members of the public unawares and rendered them victims.
"As much as political traducers would like to play politics with this decision, this government has demonstrated that it will not play politics with the lives and property of its citizens"
"We therefore encourage the government to continue with the legacy that has become the envy of political naysayers whose only stock in trade is to seek unnecessary cheap political points even at the expense of people's lives and property."