Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, has said that his recent decision to dissolve local government councils in the state was legal.
The Governor stated this in Langtang, the headquarters of Langtang North LGC, while on a condolence visit to the council’s caretaker committee chairman, Mr Dan Dul, whose mother died recently.
The Governor explained that there was no court order restraining him from sacking the councils, whose tenure was due to end in March 2017.
Lalong, a lawyer and former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, said that the suit purportedly filed by the sacked chairmen challenging the decision, was against the Attorney-General of the Federation and not the Plateau Government or its agents.
He said: “The local government chairman filed a case against the Attorney-General of the Federation, which should not concern me.
“They also filed a case against the Attorney-General of Plateau State, but you and I know that we do not have an Attorney-General in Plateau as yet.’’
Lalong also disclosed that he would soon forward an executive bill to the state House of Assembly, to repeal the current LG laws, which he described as “old, haphazard and unreliable.’’
The Governor added that his administration would conduct a “proper and acceptable election into the councils using the card reader,’’ as against the one conducted by his predecessor, which produced the sacked chairmen.
He stressed that the dissolution of the councils was basically to
“check deep-rooted corruption in line with APC’s resolve to do away with corruption in governance.’’
Lalong commiserated with the Dul family and urged them to take solace in God as their mother died a happy woman, having lived her life to the fullest.
Responding, the caretaker chairman thanked the governor and all those who sympathised with the family over his mother’s demise.