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Plateau APC still minority in Assembly despite winning Gov poll

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 11:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Onoja Audu,  Jos

Despite losing the last governorship election to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has produced more members for the state House of Assembly.

The PDP won 13 out of the 24 seats, leaving the APC with 11 seats to become the minority party in the House of Assembly.

The results of the state House of Assembly election was released on Tuesday last week by the state Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Deputy Director of Public Education, Mr. Osaretin Imahierebo, to newsmen in Jos.

Daily Independent gathered that with this outcome, the Plateau North Senatorial District where the outgoing Governor, Jonah Jang, hails from will produce the next Speaker of the Assembly.

It was gathered that the PDP leadership was already holding meeting in Jos on the political development.

Daily Independent gathered that the Majority Leader of the current Assembly, Daniel Dem, representing Riyom State Constituency, might get the nod of his party to become the Speaker rather than Peter Azi of the APC representing Jos North West State Constituency.

Azi is a third time member of the House of Assembly.

It was further gathered that the emerging APC government to be led by Simon Lalong might not have things going for him easily on assumption of office because of his party’s failure to secure majority seats in the Assembly.

It would be recalled that Lalong had offered the olive branch to his main challenger, Senator GNS Pwajok, assuring him that his administration has a space for him in Abuja, not in Plateau, because he (Pwajok) is a Senator.

Lalong said judging from the nature and composition of the state, he was going to run an all inclusive government  in the state if Plateau State is to move forward.

The state government in its first reaction through the state Commissioner for Information, Abubakar Badu, had urged all groups to take the outcome of the elections as an act of God.

The  government warned that nobody should embark on any act of intimidation against anybody in the state as a result of the outcome of the election even if it fails to meet the expectations of the people.