Lalong Can’t Dissociate Self From Dariye’s Government
PLATEAU State Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Simon Bako Lalong, has been accused of attempting to absolve himself of the decay of the immediate past administration of the state.
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Honourable Mohammed Abubadkar Badu, while reacting to the scathing comments by Lalong yesterday, dismissed his efforts to dissociate self from the records of the immediate past civilian administration as ridiculous and sheer nonsense.
According to the commissioner, the APC gubernatorial candidate is as culpable as the head of the executive arm of the Dariye administration because as speaker of the House, “it was the inability of the House to formulate the necessary legislation that caused the abysmal performance of that administration.”
Badu argued that “Lalong is desperate to launder his image and wish away those years of waste. As the head of the legislative arm, approving the budget for the executive to implement and all the rest, he should be bold and honourable enough to admit that they disappointed Plateau people and he doesn’t deserve to be tried again.”
Abubakar also challenged the moral competence of the APC candidate for calling the subsisting State House of Assembly names and carpeting it as inept, saying Lalong’s House was worse as its officers kept company with the executive arm as they were running away from the long arm of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
On the claims of Lalong that the Jang administration has incurred state debts running into billions of naira, Badu said it is unfortunate that Lalong has been continuously inconsistent and incapable of stating the particular status of the State’s debt, arguing that such incompetence explains why Lalong has failed to balance the state’s revenue standing with the development strides recorded by Jang.
Speaking during a media forum with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Jos, the APC gubernatorial candidate attempted to extricate himself and why he should not be identified with the past administration of Joshua Dariye, saying he was not part of its executive, and dismissed the subsisting House as a lame duck and not alive to its duties.