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Lalong Sacks Elected Council Chairmen, Councillors

Posted: Jul 7, 2015 at 12:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Onoja Audu / Jos


The Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, has approved the dissolution of the Seventeen (17) Local Government Councils in the State.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to State Government, Hon. Rufus Bature, the governor directs all the chairmen of the dissolved councils, all members of the executive arm, councillors and other political appointees to hand over all government properties in their possession to the Directors of Personnel Management (DPM) of the Seventeen (17) Local Government Councils.

Gov Abubakar Lalong

Gov Abubakar Lalong

All security operatives in the various local governments, particularly the DPOs and members of the various Labour Unions in the councils are to ensure that all government properties are secured in the custody of all the Directors of Personnel Managements, in line with the governor’s directive.

All the affected chairmen were elected over a year ago on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the governor was elected this April on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

In reaction to the governor’s action, Alexander Mwolwus, a PDP chieftain and former Special Adviser to immediate past governor, Jonah Jang, has advised the sacked chairmen and councilors to go to court.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mwolwus gave the advice in an interview on Monday, in Pankshin.

He said: “The sacking of the chairmen of the 17 local government councils of the state is a gross violation of their fundamental rights as duly elected chairmen of their respective councils.

“There is an existing Supreme Court ruling of 2014 that says no Governor has the power or right to sack any LG chairman; so what Lalong did was unconstitutional.”

Mwolwus, who is a PDP chieftain, said that the chairmen had earlier obtained a court injunction restraining the Lalong-led APC administration from removing them from office.

“The governor went ahead to remove them, which, to me, is an abuse of that court order by a man who knows the tenets of the law as a trained lawyer,’’ he said.

Also reacting, Nanle Emmanuel, Director of Press to the Governor, said that the sacking of the chairmen was not in violation of any court order.

“As far as this administration is concerned, there is no court injunction that has reached our governor as we speak; so, I don’t see any fault in his directive,’’ Emmanuel said.

He, however, enjoined the chairmen to go to court to seek redress, if they felt otherwise about their sack.