Group faults extension of management committees’ tenure in four Plateau LGs
Jos South Advocates for Democracy and Good Governance has kicked against the extension of the tenure of management committee chairmen in four councils of Plateau State.
The House of Assembly had last week extended the tenure of the management committees of Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom councils by six months.
Elections were suspended in these councils last year on the premise of insecurity.
Addressing newsmen yesterday, convener of the pressure group, Rwang Dung, strongly condemned the reason for the suspension of the elections, adding that it was glaring that the state government shelved elections in the four councils for fear of losing the election in areas considered as strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His words, “This is undemocratic, unjust and rape of democracy. While democratically-elected chairmen and councillors run other 13 councils, the remaining four are run by management committee chairmen. The reason of insecurity given by the government was not tenable. It was an excuse to escape defeat in these areas.
“The people of these four councils cannot hold the appointed chairmen accountable in terms of stewardship because they were not elected by the people. They are answerable to the governor who appointed them; hence the monumental fraud going on in these councils.”
Dung argued that since caretakers were foisted on the councils, especially in Jos South, in the past five years, no tangible development had taken place in the areas.
He, therefore, called on Governor Simon Lalong and the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) to immediately set in motion machinery to conduct election in the affected councils to enable people of the areas to elect their leaders.
He implored Governor Lalong not to allow bad advisers to push him into taking decisions that would tarnish the image of his administration and enjoined him to obey the rule of law and democratic process instead of playing politics.
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