Tuesday, 6 February 2018

PLATEAU: POSTPONEMENT OF LGC ELECTIONS, NOT ONLY LAUGHABLE BUT, MOST UNFORTUNATE---PDP (READ UNEDITED PRESS TEXT)


PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) PLATEAU STATE CHAPTER

Monday, February 5, 2018

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE FEBRUARY 17, 2018 LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN PLATEAU
 
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Plateau State Chapter is in receipt of a letter Ref. No. PLASIEC/POL PARTIES/VOL.III/390, dated February 5, 2018, conveying the postponement of the February 17, 2018 Local Government Elections in the state.

In his letter, the PLASIEC Chairman, Mr. Fabian A. Ntung informed us that, “He is in receipt of a communication from the Plateau State Security Council stating that the present security atmosphere in the State generally is not conducive for the conduct of the forthcoming Local Government Council Elections, which is scheduled for Saturday, 17th February, 2018”.


Mr. Ntung stated that further that, “It has advised that the election be postponed pending the return to a conducive atmosphere for the conduct of the elections”.

As a Political Party, we find the excuse given for the postponement of the elections not only laughable, but most unfortunate. Here is a state that has returned to peace following the appointment of a Hausa-Fulani as a Commissioner in the Lalong Administration.

It would be recalled that Governor Lalong went on air to tell the whole world that following his appointment of a Hausa-Fulani as Information Commissioner, peace had returned to the State.

We denounce in very strong terms the perpetuation of undemocratic administration and leadership at the Local Government level, and call on the people of Plateau State to reject the postponement in its entirety as this has further murdered democracy at this tier. We challenge Governor Lalong to tell the public when it will be more conducive for the elections to hold.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State is worried that almost six months after the passage of the Local Government Bill and transmission of same to the Governor is yet to give his accent, an action in gross violation of Section 58 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic (1999 as amended). We, therefore call on the Plateau State House of Assembly to withdraw the said Bill passed. 

We wish to conclude by stating that this impunity has to come to an end. Enough of the excuses, which are often informed by fear of suffering defeat.

Thank you,

Hon. Damishi T. Sango.

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