By: Valentine Adese,
Jos, the Plateau state capital, may look peaceful and bubbling with high level of economic activities, especially, with the review of the earlier imposed curfew by the state government, that is now effective from 12.00pm to 6.00am, owing to the recent skirmishes that rocked Jos-North and Jos-South Local Government Areas (LGAs).
But, findings from REALITY investigations strong indicates that the situation is so, because, the just concluded Local Government Council (LGC) elections never took place at the city center on the 10th of October, 2018.
REALITY can authoritatively state that the 11 local government areas where the recently conducted LG elections held are seriously tensed now politically speaking.
With the swearing in of the winners of the chairmanship contest, who are mainly members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) secretly by the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, at the State Government House, allegedly in the night of 11th October, 2018, REALITY gathers that the situation became more tensed.
REALITY gathers that the locals, traditional and religious leaders in the 11 LGAs have ran out of sleep as the youths in those areas continued to remain awake.
Several youths in most LGAs, as at the time of this report, have kept vigil over electoral boxes that were not returned or retrieved by Electoral Officers (EOs) assigned by the State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), who were allegedly reported to have disappeared.
In Mangu to be specific, where the Deputy to Governor Lalong, Prof. Sunni Tyoden, hails from, the collective agreement of the people is that, the victory of Ayuba Burki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Chairmanship should be restored or the newly secretly sworn in Chairman on the platform of the APC should remain wherever he is for now.
In Langtang North and Bassa LGAs, the houses of the out gone Caretaker Committee Chairmen were burnt by angry electorates after the announcement made by Mr. Ntung, the Chairman of PLASIEC.
REALITY has also further gathered that the aggrieved people in the LGAs have also placed on notice that the out gone Caretaker Committee Chairmen should forget returning to their biological and native home, if the decision of swearing in the alleged APC candidates who lost at the LGC poll by the state government is not reversed.
In another development and as a reaction to the aftermath of the LG elections in the state, one Hon. Emmanuel Macham JP, in a press release sent to REALITY today, 13th October, 2018, has advice Banks and Civil Servants in the state to be careful in transacting business and administrative issues with the local government chairmen sworn in by Governor Lalong.
The Press Release in Part Reads:
“A youth activist in Plateau State, Hon. Emmanuel Macham has advice Nigerians against recognizing the new sets of Local Government Chairmen sworn in by Governor Lalong, saying there is a constitutional crises to how the people emerged, assuring Plateau state citizens that the PDP led government will dissolved them in 5 months time from now and that they will face the full wrath of the law for accepting to partake in illegality.
“Macham said we cannot condone this blatant abuse of Democratic Processes. This people will surely face the law when we take over Government. This dark history will not be allowed to exist in our state and books of Government.
“Everybody is ashamed of this abuse of power, if the Governor wanted another sets of transition committee, I think nobody would have questioned him.
“Our party may be heading to the Tribunal as suggested by the Governor and we hope PLASIEC will produce the votes used in declaring these people as elected chairmen before the Tribunal.
“Our agents, party faithful and Nigerians were shocked that all the returning officers ran away when rumours filtered to them that APC was losing. They took to their heels to avoid collating the results. They also will face the law.”