By: Valentine Adese (JP),
The swift return of Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to proper governance, few days after the 9th March, 2019 gubernatorial election exercise conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state has received commendation from Political Observers in the state.
You would recall that the gubernatorial election conducted in Plateau State has been declared inconclusive by the umpire, and INEC has fixed 23rd March to conclude the exercise by its scheduled Supplementary elections in areas where votes were cancelled in the 9th March gubernatorial election in the state.
In a swift return to governance, which basically and primarily involves the “security and welfare of citizens in the state”, pundits have commended Governor Lalong, for his ability to leave behind the political water and its troubles, to focus on his primary responsibilities as a Governor.
You would recall that Section 14 (2b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) provides that, “The security and Welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of governance”;
You would recall that only few days ago, the Plateau State Government had commended citizens of the state for remaining calm in the face of provocations that would have led to the loss of lives and property, if not mitigated by them (Citizens).
The state Government’s commendation was contained in a press statement signed by the Plateau State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr. Yakubu Dati, made available to REALITY.
The Government in the press statement had applauded the citizens, for the courage to resist unprovoked actions that would have threatened the hard earned peace the state is currently enjoying.
The Government through the office of Mr. Dati said, “The quick intervention of security agencies to the threat at Dutse Uku was as a result, of the synergy between security agencies and the state government”.
The state Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr. Dati in the statement, also expressed satisfaction with the proactive measure of security agencies and ask citizens to avail them the necessary information to make the state safer.
Dati stated that, “Everywhere is calm with people going about their normal businesses and security personnel are in full alert”, while advising operators of social media, “not to ignite crisis by reporting falsehood about the security situation in the state”.
He however, encouraged citizens in the state, not to rest on their oars by ensuring that, “Anyone involved or associated with the threat is brought to book”.
The Commissioner encouraged communities to form joint vigilante groups to minimize criminality in their areas.
Dati said the state and its people have risen above primordial sentiments as reflected in the peace that prevailed before, during and after the elections in Plateau State.
The Commissioner expressed confidence that citizens will put merchants of conflict to shame by resisting the lure to crises in whatever form.
Adding that, “Governor Lalong has laid the framework for sustainable peace through the State’s Peace Architecture that has rebranded the State, as a destination of choice for Nigerians and foreigners alike”.
In another development and owing to the Governor’s concern, over the unnecessary loss of lives during political miss understandings, especially, in an election period, such as the country is in now, the Governor had called for calm, while taking time to establish that INEC has continued to act within its powers in line with the Electoral Act.
The call for calm which came through the office of the Plateau State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati in Jos on Monday morning, also urged citizens in the state to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner, as the political parties in the race and in the state, await 23rd March, 2019, the date now slated by INEC for the conduct of the Supplementary Election.
The Commissioner, who solicited for understanding from the general public, stated that, “The electoral body acted within its powers in line with the electoral laws”.
The Commissioner urged Plateau people to work towards maintaining the peace and successful polls.