By: Valentine Adese,
Politically, Plateau state has constantly set the pace and standard of how political actors operate and behave since 1999 to date.
The state’s political field has always defined the pattern the actors in leading political parties and their big wigs follow, especially before a general election.
In the past, the state has always projected itself as a state that survives in the opposition thereby, not being in the same political page, usually, with the government at the center (Federal Government). This most states have emulated over time.
One major characteristic of the Plateau political stage since 1999 is that the Home administration is always at conflict with its representatives appointed at the federal level, despite coming and being in the same political party.
You would recall that Sen. Chibi Dariye, then as governor under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had it rough with Hon. Kadiya, then appointed Minister of Sports under President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration. The conflict was so heated up by themselves, aides and supporters to the extent that they hardly see each other face-to-face.
After that, came the conflict between Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, when he was elected as the Deputy Senate President (DSP), then governor Dariye could hardly keep his eyes closed, as steps to remove him by the Sen. Mantu led group, saw the state losing lives and properties to the conflict within the PDP.
Although Sen. Dariye escaped the prison plans laid down by the Mantu’s group supported by the Federal Government led by President Obasanjo, he was however, illegally impeached and his supporters within the party, flew from the powers against their master and simply decamped to the Action Congress (AC), which later transformed to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). A party that is now defunct as it merged with other political parties to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).
These characteristic from political survey of the country is now been exhibited by states like Kano and Kogi, where Sen. Kwankwaso and Governor Ganduje, Sen. Dino and Governor Bello are into the “rofo-rofo” in fighting in the APC.
However, not taking it from the master, Plateau State, the then Sen. Jonah Jang, had it rough also with Sen. Ibrahim Mantu and the then Minister for Information, Hon. Dasuki Nakande, over the control of the Central Senatorial Zone, Jos North and the state’s administration respectively.
Now, in 2018, the incumbent Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong and the Minister for Sports, Hon. Solomon Dalung, have started slogging it out within the APC.
You would recall that both Gov. Lalong and Hon. Dalung, being Lawyers by their training, were also noticeable actors in the conflicts that rocked the state during Sen. Dariye and Sen. Jang’s eras.
The disagreements between Governor Lalong and Hon. Dalung could be dated back to the APC state party primary that saw the emergence of Governor Lalong, as the party’s gubernatorial flag-bearer, and the emergence of Hon. Dalung, as Minister without the input of neither the state’s administration, nor the Governor in the process of his emergence.
It was at this point that, political observers of the situation opined that, the political line for a possible conflict was defined.
The political war, which many presumed must have started was ignited by the silence broken recently by the Hon. Minister of Sports, Hon. Solomon Dalung, in his Facebook page, titled: #SundayCorner.
The Minister captioned his message for the Sunday as, “When Silence is No Longer Golden, SO I HAVE TO SAY THIS- DALUNG.”
While concerned people who had the opportunity of seeing the bashings and name callings in the social media as reactions, over the Sunday probable allegations of Hon. Dalung on his ruling APC in Plateau state as “Opinion that may have been genuinely taken too far and other opinions suggesting that a family matter should have been addressed within and not washing of dirty linens in the open.”, the Plateau PDP Youth Vanguard 4 Grassroots Mobilisation (PPYV4GM), had in its reaction to the political development in the state described it as a gain to the PDP.
According to the youth group’s press release dated 12/03/2018, they stated as gains that, “Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports has vindicated the group, especially, as it concerns the glaring mismanagement of scarce resources that have accrued to the State by the Governor Simon Lalong led administration.”
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Hon. Solomon Dalung Has Vindicated Us.
Plateau PDP Youth Vanguard 4 Grassroots Mobilisation (PPYV4GM) has said the revelations by Hon. Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports has vindicated the group especially as it concerns the glaring mismanagement of scarce resources that have accrue to the State by the Governor Simon Lalong led administration.
The group while appreciating the minister for rising beyond political correctness and sentiments notes that what the Minister said is common knowledge in the State and call on elders, women and youths in the State to take their destiny into their hands by voting out the APC because it has demonstrated tremendous capacity for incompetency.
According to the group, it has been vindicated as President Buhari was scammed to commission Forty tractors against the four hundred he was told.
Is it the tale by moonlight lies that Governor Lalong inherited the Secretariat junction flyover at 30% when it truth it was at 75% completion? Is it the British America to Maraban Jama’a road that President Buhari was made to commission despite the fact that it was yet to be completed?.......