Member of the House of Representatives, Solomon Maren has condemned the dissolution of local government chairmen in Plateau by the state government, saying it was illegal.
He said this in an interview with newsmen in Jos yesterday.
The 17 local government chairmen, who were elected in February 2014 with their tenures yet elapse, were ejected from office on Monday, July 6, 2015, by the state governor, Simon Lalong.
Maren, who represents Bokkos/Manku federal constituency of Plateau State at the green chambers, added that the removal of the chairmen was unconstitutional.
The lawmaker opined that the action of the governor was an aberration of the tenets of democracy, hence could pose a serious threat to the state and country at large.
“The action of the governor is nothing but a deliberate strangulation of democracy with the sole aim of snuffing life out of it.
“As a former speaker, the governor should know better that his action is not in tandem with the tenets of democratic ethics and ethos.
“The APC-led government in Plateau knows that its action was unfair, undemocratic, uncalled for and is totally condemnable in the eyes of the law,” he said.
Maren called on the governor to rescind his action to allow full democratic process to take effect.
He challenged the governor to follow due process in all his dealings, as only through that would his government enjoy maximum support and cooperation from the public.
“In Rivers State, for instance, there was an election that produced local government and they were sworn-in on the eve of May 29, a day to handover date, yet the government that took over didn’t dissolve them.
“What the new government did was to approach the court of competent jurisdiction to get a judgement that will enable it dissolve the chairmen legally.
“The case of Plateau was far better than the scenario in Rivers, because here the chairmen were elected even before the governor came on board and their tenure have not yet elapsed,” he explained.
He said the governor had during his campaigns and even inaugural speech promised to uphold the rule of law, which the lawmaker said the he had failed in that regard.
He added that the governor’s action on the matter was a mockery of his earlier pledge and a total deviation from the old principle which brought his government on board.
Maren, therefore, urged members of the state House of Assembly and indeed the entire citizens of Plateau to rise against the gross illegality for the interest and benefit of all.

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