PDP knocks Lalong on Assembly crisis, others, says gov lied before God

Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday said the State Governor, Samuel Lalong, appears helpless in the face of the crisis rocking the state House of Assembly as well as the crisis within his party, the All Progressives Congress.

According to the opposition party, the chairmanship tussle in Langtang North Local Government Area among several other yet to be resolved issues further proves the level of despondency of his administration.

State PDP Publicity Secretary, John Akans said this at a press conference, in Jos.

He urged the governor to have “ a rethink in his mentality in the service to Plateau people Instead of becoming an emperor and a dictator.”

Akans further said, “We are worried that the governor has completely abandoned governance and embarked on an  agenda that will further destroy the Plateau heritage.

“You are all aware that the state has been in a state of confusion for the past two months till date as a result of failed leadership, ranging from the crisis in the legislature to an attempt to stop the chairman of Langtang North LGA from returning  to office even with a court judgment in his favour.

“It is sad that Governor Lalong, a  supposed lawyer, who is expected to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of Nigeria like his Sokoto, Rivers and Ondo colleagues, is behaving otherwise.

“Here on the Plateau, we have found ourselves in a situation of unexplainable predicament where the rule of law is least observed with reckless abuse of the constitution and its laws with judges being intimidated and harassed.

“Court orders are manipulated and given different meanings to suit the powers that be under the watchful eyes of the Chief Executive, a lawyer who has woefully failed to live up to expectation.

“It is obvious that nepotism and brigandage have taken over Lalong’s professional intelligence. Or is it that he is professionally incapacitated to discharge his constitutional responsibilities in line with the oath of office he swore to defend?

THE lawmaker representing Ede North State Constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Niran Atidade, was attacked by social media users, as the pictures of packs of Semovita he distributed to his constituents went viral, on Monday.

Each bag of the food items had the message, “Go and get your PVC so you and I can vote Senator Nurudeen Adeleke as governor in 2022,” printed on it.

In a post, a Facebook user, Agunbiade Joshua, wrote, “politics of stomach infrastructure. Until Nigerians start rejecting this shameless approach, the political slavery continues. I weep for this country.”

However, a counter post by another Facebook user, Sulaimon Abayomi, read, “APC government brought economic hardship to this country. Even if anybody shares bread on behalf of Adeleke it is part of the reduction of hunger.”

The debate on the social networking platform took a political dimension as loyalists of the All Progressives Congress took on those of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Contributing to the debate, the state lead, Democracy Watch, Ayo Ologun, in a statement, titled ‘Stop Demeaning Osun Voters by Illegality,’ said, “One would expect that the House of Assembly member representing a generational shift as a young person will know what is right and what is acceptable at a time like this.

“At a time like this, inducing voters through the distribution of food items in exchange for voters’ registration is an attempt at swaying them to support and vote for a particular party in the coming election.”

In response, the lawmaker at the centre of the storm, Atidade said, “I distributed the food items on Sunday and over 400 people in my constituency benefited. I distribute food items to people on a monthly basis and I also add money for the windows.

“In this world, you use the language your people will understand best to communicate with them. Those attacking me are haters.”

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