Hold Lalong responsible for every breach of the law in Plateau politics – PDP
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state of Plateau raised the alarm on Monday over tension in the State House of Assembly following the alleged impeachment of the Speaker of the House and the arrest at Langtang North LGA, where the incumbent chairman was not admitted, despite one Court ruling to settle in office.
The embattled chairman of the Langtang North LGC, Joshua Laven, said the state government’s actions had sparked serious tension in the council, otherwise there would have been a crisis.
DAILY POST recalls that the State House of Assembly has been in crisis since Abok Ayuba was ousted from office by 8 members over a week ago.
Recall that on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Laven took on All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Amos Nanloh to chair the Langtang North local government in 2018 and the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) declared that Nanloh was elected and he was sworn in.
However, Laven went to court where the election was decided in his favor and he was sworn in as the duly elected chairman on October 9, 2019 for a period of three years.
But after two years in office, PLASIEC declared its seat vacant through an advertisement in the media, which prompted Laven to appeal to the court.
In delivering his verdict last Tuesday, State High Court Judge Ishaku Kunda urged Laven to resume office immediately to end his three-year term, which ends on October 9, 2022, as he took his oath of office on October 9, 2019 .
Kunda described the whole scenario in which Laven was prevented from ending his term in office as an act of “impunity, illegality and executive villainy that must end immediately”.
The judge said: “Laven’s term cannot be arbitrarily terminated before his term has expired.
“The election held (October 9, 2021) was null and void. Laven will return to local government to end his tenure as executive chairman of the council. I hold and warn that the accused (PLASIEC) should not contradict this judgment. “
PDP state chairman Chris Hassan told journalists at the party secretariat in Jos: “It is unfortunate that Governor Lalong, as a lawyer, accepts impunity and behaves like a bull in a shop in China.
Hassan said, “Lalong is orchestrating this breach of law and desperation in Langtang North little more than a week after sponsoring seven members of the State House of Assembly to commit illegality in the name of the spokesman’s impeachment.
“The PDP will continue to investigate the instrumentality of the law against the brazen despair and lack of orientation of the APC-led administration in our dear state,” he emphasized.
Also, PDP’s state legal advisor, Barr. Binchen Jamtur said, “” Despite Judge Ishku Kunda’s declarative ruling on the reinstatement of the Hon. Joshua Laven as chairman of Langtang North Parish Council, Governor Lalong has continued to use his agents and cronies to obstruct the flow of justice and the overthrown Forcibly assisting APC candidates to remain in office as chairman.
Judge Kunda’s ruling gave the applicant five remedies and, in summary, indicated that the verdict is declarative, meaning Hon. Laven will be restored to office with immediate effect without the need for any procedure or protocol related to an execution sentence.
According to him, “Lalong is deliberately ignoring to create a crisis in the legitimacy and identity of the leadership in Langtang North, creating confusion and possible bloodshed.”
In his remarks, Joshua Laven praised the newly appointed Police Commissioner Batholomew Onyeka, saying: “He was quick to seal the local government secretariat to avoid a clash between the two parties that could have resulted in bloodshed.
“However, we want the world to know that Governor Lalong should be held responsible if law and order break down,” he said.
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