2020: THE LEGAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES ON THE TABLE IN PLATEAU

By: Valentine Adese (JP),

As Nigerians welcome the year 2020, at the immediate expiration of the 365 days in year 2019, some critical issues however, did not expire with 2019, as there are some Legal and Political issues that have simply crept into 2020, owing to the inability of the parties involved to resolve the issues within the 365 day.

In Plateau State, there are notable political and legal issues that would shape the year and also determine some political perspectives and paradigms, as the spill into 2020.

Politically, the power tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Plateau State chapter, readily comes to mind, among unresolved issues in the political space of the state.

The fear in the state is that, in this 2020, there are strong tendencies and indications that, the renown political pattern of PDP1 and P11 factions, may soon emerge in the chapter, as the decision of the State Executive Council (SEC) with respect to, who is supposed to emerge as the Acting Chairman of the branch, has been jettisoned and so, the issue remains hanging.

ACTING CHAIRMAN PDPD PLATEAU STATE, HON. GOMBI

To worsen the development, is the suspension of the chapter’s substantive Secretary and another, appointed in Acting Capacity by the embattled State Chairman, Hon. Amos Gombi.

The Chapter would also be in focus, as the disciplinary committee constituted in 2019 is also expected to investigate the activities of some top elected political officers at the National Assembly in respect to the issues surrounding the actions and inactions of the suspended secretary in this 2020.

Furthermore, in the intra-party conflicts, the relationship between members of the party in Northern Plateau and the Central zones would be in focus, especially, with the rejection of the nominee of the Northern zone to replace the immediate past state Chairman, Hon. Damishi T. Sango, as provided in Section 47(6) of the party’s Constitution.

At the inter–party conflict level, the allegations of the PDP against the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it is trying to humiliate and politically insult its National Assembly members towards the end of 2019, would be of interest, as the APC is yet to respond to the mountainous allegations.

On the Legal front, most cases that involved some of the immediate past Commissioners and governor of the State been prosecuted by the EFCC and the ICPC in the year 2019, would be of attraction, as their outcomes would have a way of triggering the ego and battle for supremacy, among the APC the PDP, with the Plateau People remaining helpless.

PWAJOK SAN

Some of the high profile legal cases, such as the case between, EFCC vs Sen. Jang and Anor, EFCC vs Sarah Ochekpe and Anor, Berom Joinder Ruling, in the case between, Fulani Community vs Federal Government (FG) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) been handled by Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, Edward Pwajok SAN, Chief S. G. Odey Esq, Olivia Dazyem Esq, S. Oyawola Esq and S. A. Oguntuyi Esq, among others, as Defense Counsels, would be among the litigation and legal battles in focus this 2020.

PWAJOK SAN, BENSON ESQ, S. G. ODEY ESQ, OTHERS

 

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