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Governor Lalong not responsible for speakers sack - Abuja based CSOs

By Golok Nanmwa , Jos 

 Coalition of Civil Society for Good Governance (CCSGG) has  condemned in strong terms  attacks against Plateau State  Governor, Simon Lalong by the impeached Speaker of the State House of  Assembly.

The Coalition which is an umbrella body of about 74 Civil Society  Organisations expressed concern at the turn of events in the aftermath  of the impeachment of the former Speaker, Ayuba Abok which, the  Coalition said was unhealthy for the much needed peaceful atmosphere in  Plateau.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja , Convener of the  Coalition, James Dauda who was flanked by other members maintained that  tirades against the governor and attempt to whip up sentiment through  spurious allegation that Governor Lalong was behind the impeachment of  the former Speaker were not only condemnable but unacceptable in a  democratic setting.

The group noted that governor Lalong who is the Chairman of the  Northern Governors Forum (NGF) was the first to grant judicial and  legislative autonomy in Nigeria which the former Speaker enjoyed the  privilege.

They wondered how the Plateau State House of Assembly which is  independent of the Executive turned out to impeach its Speaker for  reasons best known to them, yet the governor is being accused of ‘behind  the scene’ role.

“Gentlemen of the press, we are aware that Plateau State House of  Assembly was the first out of 36 States of the Federation to enjoy  legislative and judicial autonomy, even when Hon. Ayuba Abok held sway  as Speaker.

“The lawmakers decided to impeach their leader based on reasons best  known to them and elected Hon. Yakubu Sanda as new Speaker, which we  consider as democracy in action, hence, peace should be allowed to reign  at all costs.

The group said the embattled Speaker had once refused confirmation of  State nominees as Commissioners when he had the opportunity to do so  for Plateau to move forward, yet the governor who was an ex-lawmaker  played along given that in democracy, each arm was at liberty to take  decisions on their own.

The group further bemoaned the Speaker’s recalcitrance in cooperating  with the APC party structure in Plateau which has degenerated to  factionalization during the recent State congress.


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