Yakubu Busari, Jos
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 elections, has advised Governor Simon Bako Lalong against the cancellation of Local Government election as been speculated, stating that it would mean a total absence of democracy in the state.
The aspirant, Barr. Timothy Parlong, while speaking to some Journalists at his office in Jos, the state capital on Wednesday, said the decision to postponed the poll in all 17 LGs was a regrettable action because the security threat claimed by the Plateau State Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, for the delay affected some local governments just as it happened during the tenure of former Governor Jonah Jang when elections were suspended in only Jos North and Wase LGs because of similar crisis.
He urged the government to have a rethink and allow the election to hold except in the affected few local governments. He queried why Lalong would dissolve the elected governments when he knew he was unprepared to conduct free and fair election to usher in democracy at the grassroots in the state .
“The fear of losing the grassroots politics forced the government to postpone the polls, nothing more”, he said, adding that “the killings linked to herdsmen all over the country is gradually making the APC an unpopular government and people are ready to vote them out because of security challenges ravaging the country.”
He called on PDP supporters in Plateau state to remain calm while he “ condemned those evil men using their power to perpetrate all manner of crimes in the country.”