…as Assembly tackles him over insecurity
. Abuja involved in Gov’s plight -Source
Barring odds, a well orchestrated plan to impeach the Plateau State governor, Mr. Simon Lalong, may play out well any moment hence, First News investigations have revealed.
The embattled governor, sources revealed, is in trouble for allegedly “hobnobbing” with the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, in their joint approach to tackle insecurity problems in the North-Central states
A top source close to the corridors of power in Abuja, who craved anonymity owing to the sensitivity of this issue, hinted that except Lalong backs down from a conceived plan to create a North-Central security outfit similar to ‘Amotekun’ of the Southwest, “he is a goner”.
The source explained that much as the federal government was willing to collaborate with the Plateau State government in challenging onslaughts precipitated by farmers/herders’ disagreements, it’s “no, no” to any further regional “militia group”.
First News particularly gathered that the Lalong administration is facing distressing moments as restiveness looms in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state.
Relief materials reportedly being sent through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to the IDP camps have reportedly shrinked, owing to what a source described as “an attempt to punish Lalong”.
This reportedly prompted Lalong to, last week, seek audience with President Muhammadu Buhari, to express his frustrations.
“The President assured him that something would be done, whereas the real issue has not been addressed,” the source disclosed.
It was, however, further gathered that “Abuja has reached out to the Plateau Assembly members to help redirect the governor or get him out, if proving stubborn”.
This may have thus informed the decision of the Plateau House of Assembly, which at the weekend gave Governor Lalong two weeks to address the security challenges bedevilling the state.
Chairman, House, Committee on Information, Mr. Phillip Dasun, unfolded the position of the legislators when he briefed newsmen in Jos, on Saturday.
Dasun said that the Assembly would know the next line of action after the two-week ultimatum.
“As an Assembly with people at heart, we call on Plateau citizens to have confidence in us with renewed commitment.
“We have given two weeks to the governor to take action on the resolutions the House has forwarded on security matters and how to restore peace.
“We call on the Governor Simon Bako Lalong to come up with a statement defending us as a people and to bring back renewed commitment to the cause of Plateau.
“We strongly call on Plateau people to practically stand up and defend themselves and their communities, as the conventional security design is no longer guaranteeing our safety as a people,” he said.