Â By Laja Thomas
JOS â€” THE Movement for the Survival of Plateau People, MOSOP, has condemned the attempt by some members of Plateau State House of Assembly to impeach Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State last week. The group said the move would have thrown the state into another round of political crisis.
This was stated in a press statement by its national President, Mr. Aliyu Babu Zungdet, weekend, and made available to Vanguard. It said: â€œWe the people of Plateau State are embarrassed by the actions of our â€˜honourableâ€™ members over an â€˜honourableâ€™ act of the governor, carried out in good faith and for the interest of the public.
â€œWe are now convinced that Governor Jangâ€™s tenure is a bold departure from the rotten past when governors connive with legislators to plunder and loot public funds. Evidences of his prudence and accountability are the numerous roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, electricity, water, agricultural development, etc, across the state in less than four years of his administration.â€
The crux of the matter, according to the statement, was the Governorâ€™s alleged petition to Independent Corrupt Practises and other crimes Commission, ICPC, over constituency funds in the legislative arm of government. The Governor in the said petition was said to have urged the commission to investigate the entire 24 members of the House.
Howevr, 10 members who were not comfortable with the move allegedly went underground to improvise â€˜slippery groundsâ€™ to impeach the Governor.
According to MOSOP, â€œthe exercise though in futility will have many implications on the polity of the state for a very long to come. We, however, commend the people of Plateau State for resisting the impeachment move by the members of the Plateau State House of Assembly.
â€œIf the members have not abused their constituency funds let them not be afraid. We also want to ask: why are the honourable members just realising that Governor Jang have diverted local government election fund now that they are being investigated by ICPC?
â€œThe local government election was done over two years ago. Just as we want the ICPC to complete their investigations, we condemn the impeachment plot of the House and consider it a diversionary antic.
â€œWe, therefore, want to use this opportunity to call on the legislators to apologise to the good people and Governor of Plateau State for attempting to draw the hand of progress backwards.â€