The Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Natives (PIDAN) once again has deemed it necessary to make a public statement on the ongoing leadership crisis that has bedeviled the Plateau State House of Assembly.
We wish to caution Politicians especially the legislators of the Plateau State House of Assembly to adhere to the rule of law as enshrined in the amended 1999 Constitution and the House rules on the conduct of the business of the House, so as not to further jeopardize the fragile peace on the Plateau.
We have watched closely the activities of the House since the politics of changing the leadership of the House began on Friday the 29-10-21 including the strange security architecture at the assembly on that fateful Day. We have equally examined the arguments put forward by those against and those supporting the need for change in the leadership of the house.
We equally looked at the constitutional provision for change in such leadership and the house rules on the modus operandi for effecting such a change. It therefore becomes clear to us that the Plateau House of Assembly did not follow the rule of law and the House due process in their attempt to change the leadership of the House. It is appalling that those elected to legislate for a peaceful Society are the very one subverting the rule of law and the House due process.
We want to caution both parties to follow the due process for change in the leadership of the House. The Speaker Hon Nuhu Abok should be allowed to reconvene the sitting of the House and allow the legislators to decide on who to lead them.
We implore the Security agencies with emphasis on the Police under the leadership of the State Police Commissioner to play the role of providing effective security cover to all legislators and citizens irrespective of their views on this issue. We take exception to situations in which the law enforcement agents prevent bonafide members of the legislature access to the the legislative chambers during the hours of their duties. They should equally not allow legislators access to the legislative chambers outside the prescribed period for which the House conducts its legislative duties.
It is also important to advise the leadership of Political parties to guide their utterances on this matter because the House of Assembly belongs to all parties. We wish to call on the Plateau People especially the Youth, religious leaders, traditional leaders and Elders to grant the Plateau State House of Assembly the necessary support that will enable it discharge its duties efficiently.
We wish to make a special appeal to His Excellency, the Governor of Plateau State to ensure that the Executive arm of Government provides a balance level of support that will enable the House of Assembly strengthen its leadership and discharge its functions effectively.
We equally wish to call on all the politicians on the Plateau to exercise caution in their utterances on the happenings in the House of Assembly so as not to plunge the State into another round of civil unrest on this matter.
We look forward to the quick resolution of the crisis in the Plateau House of Assembly which we believe is essential for strengthening the fragile peace on the Plateau.
Prof Aboi JK Madaki – PIDAN President
Comrade Nanle Gujor – Secretary-General
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