By: Valentine Adese (JP),
There are strong indications that, huge protests over the none conduct of Local Government Councils’ elections in Plateau North Senatorial zone would soon hit the streets, going by the nocturnal meetings going on around the state.
It is no longer news that, the Plateau State Government had banned any form of protest in the state, but with the pronouncements of the Federal Government and the IG of the Nigerian Police, guaranteeing protest and follow up protection for protesters, the stage therefore seems set in Plateau State.
It is of note that, Four (4) of the Seventeen (17) Local Government Councils in Plateau State have not been led by democratically elected local government councils in the state in the past 5 years.
The Local Governments include Barkin-ladi, Jos-South, Jos-North and Riyom.
Explaining this, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in the state, led by Governor Simon Bako Lalong, had publicly stated that the cause is tied to the high level of insecurity in the state especially, within the Four Local Government Areas (LGAs) in question.
This explanation had gone down well until recently when suspicion has started filling the minds of the electorates and political leaders in the 4 LGAs and others around.
It is believed by those organizing these nocturnal meetings that, democracy is deliberately been truncated by the ruling APC in other to punish the residents of these LGAs.
It is further observed that the ruling APC do not want to conduct elections in the 4 LGAs because it is allegedly perceived to be the strong hold of its major contender, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The recent extension of the tenure of the Management Committees in these 4 Local Government Councils (LGCs) seem to have call for citizens, politicians among others to begin to speak out in respect of the matter, especially, noting that, the Plateau Southern Senatorial zone’s rerun election would take place this month in the face of the alleged insecurity in the state.
Blowing hot in a political program on JayFM 101.9 Jos, as monitored by this paper, Hon. Dalyop Fom Gwottson said, “To be honest with you, I am very sad and over the years we’ve been displeased with this singular act of Governor Lalong and I can tell you with every certainty that the required development that people yearn for has not been achieved.
“I don’t know what the Management Committee Chairmen have been doing over the years. I can’t boast of one borehole in my village.
“It’s like a deliberate plot by this government to hinder my people of the required development.
“I’m hopeful that, we will sit with the governor as the speaker has promised… It’s a matter of MUST now. The elections must be conducted!
“If not, I told them on the floor of the Plateau State House of Assembly that, if they don’t conduct these elections, we are going to occupy Plateau!
“We’re no more hiding. We’re going to go on protest whatever legitimate we need to do as a people to make Lalong conduct these elections, we shall so do.
“We have begged and begged and enough is enough. Whatever civil, proactive actions we need to take, we shall do it.”