Lalong kicks against dissolution of Plateau LG chairmen
Former Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has slammed his successor, Governor Caleb Muftwang over the dissolution of the Local Government Chairmen in the state, describing it as constitutional rascality.
Lalong made this criticism while speaking with the stakeholders of his party in Jos, on Thursday, saying constitutional rascality would be addressed via legal processes taken by the chairmen.
Governor, Muftwang, recently fired the 17 Local Government chairmen and councillors on the order of the state House of Assembly, while the incident induced crisis that resulted to the sealing off of all the secretariats to forstall the breakdown of law and order as both the dissolved and caretakers laid claim to the seats.
The immediate past Governor said, “When we see constitutional rascality, we pursue it through the rule of law to put it right. What we are seeing concerning the mandate of our local government chairmen in Plateau State, we stand by it. By the grace of God, we have democratically-elected chairmen in the state,” he said.
Speaking on the internal conflicts within the All Progressives Congress in the state, Lalong explained that in party politics, it is possible to have different interests, adding that party’s interests supercede those of individuals.
“In a democracy, it is possible to have different interests, but the interests of the party supercede personal interests. In Plateau State, we may not have a governor for the main time, but we have leadership, which we must subsume into,” he said.
He, however, cautioned that it is an erroneous belief that it is over for APC in Plateau as a result of the prevailing circumstances within the party, adding that APC in the state still remains a force to be reckoned with.