BY MARIE-THERESE NANLONG
Jos—The controversy surrounding the real winner of the chairmanship election of Lantang North Local Government of Plateau State has been resolved as the state Independent Electoral Commission, Wednesday declared the People’s Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Mr. Nanmwa Kumzhi winner.
The result of the February 25, 2014, local governmnt election was not resolved follwing diagreements over the Jat electoral ward in the council until but it was announced Wednesday, PLASIEC announced the PDP candidate as the winner since the issue had been rectified.
Following the announcement, Governor Jonah Jang yesterday swore in Kumzhi, despite the popular belief that the Democratic Peoples’ Party, DPP candidate, Dan Dul won the election.
Speaking on the ocassion, at Government House, Jishe, Jang commended the people of Langtang North over their peaceful conduct while the litigation over the disputed result lasted, saying that the new Chairman would strive to meet the yearning of the people.
His words, “I commend the people of the local government for the peaceful exercise which led to the emergence of the new chairman. Today’s swearing in is coming at this time because of the litigation that came up after the election which the court has since been cleared, resulting in PLASIEC declaring a winner.
”I urge the new chairman to embrace all irrespective of party affiliation for reconciliation, peace and development of the local government. As a leader, you are to conduct your assignments without bias and sentiments.”
He further urged Kumzhi to make the unity of the people his priority, by not betraying the trust of the people through improved governance and service delivery at the grassroots.
”I envisage a local government administration where service and development will be the motivation. Where corruption will be tackled, where primary health care centres will be manned by qualified personnel with the required medicament.
”Where communities will not be separated by mere lack of culverts; where workers will not be owed salaries for months, where you will not go into hiding, running away from the people,” he added, pointing out that his administration would continue to pursue policies and programmes that would promote the status and well-being of the people at the local government level.