Former chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, in Plateau state and immediate past Chairman of Barkin Ladi local government, Hon. Emmanuel Loman has said that the greatest mistake governor Simon Lalong has made in his one year in office is the dissolution of the 17 elected council chairmen of the state.
The state governor Simon Lalong had in July last year dissolved LGA chairmen in the state and replaced them with management committee chairmen.
Loman, who was apparently reacting to a statement credited to Governor Simon Lalong at a democracy day parley with journalists that his administration discovered massive fraud and corruption carried out by the sacked council chairmen which prompt him to dissolve them, denied any wrong doing by the chairman while they were in office .
According to Loman who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, “the state governor, being a trained lawyer with a promise to uphold the rule of law, after admitting in so many fora that he will not dissolve elected council chairman went ahead to do so despite a court injunction stopping him.”
“We did not commit any fraud in office and I am challenging Governor Lalong to make it public the fraud he alleged we have committed.
He pointed out that one of the reason for their dissolution was allegation that the council chairmen refuse to received the governor at the airport when he went for a foreign trip.
“The APC was clamouring for the dissolution of council chairmen so that they can be replace us with party loyal members and that is what the governor did.”
“For the governor to have said that the reason for the dissolution of the elected council chairmen is because of massive fraud, looting and corruption is very unfortunate. There was nothing like massive looting and corruption neither was they any indictment of the council chairmen by the immediate past governor.”
He further stressed that “there is no document whatsoever submitted by the past administration that indicted us as chairmen, and if there is anything like that, I challenge them to publish it in the newspaper for public scrutiny,” Loman further said.


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