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PDP lawmakers protest tenure extension for Plateau LG chairmen

01 July 2016, 16:22

Jos - The existing cordial relationship that existed between the 10 lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of the Plateau State Assembly and 14 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of the House was on Thursday severed.

This follows a move by the executive arm and the APC lawmakers to extend the tenure of management committee chairmen of 17 local government councils by six months, reports Punch.

At the plenary, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Peter Azi had read a communication from Governor Simon Lalong, asking for the extension of the tenure of the management committee chairmen to six months for stability and focus.

Also read: Plateau Assembly constitutes committee to investigate explosion

According to the governor, the six months extension is to allow the government to put necessary machinery in place for a hitch-free conduct of local government elections in the state.

The House, however, turned rowdy as the 10 PDP members vehemently kicked against the extension by six months, reports Vanguard.

The PDP lawmakers insisted that it should be extended by just two months based on the earlier agreement.

As the Speaker was about to subject the motion to a vote, the 10 PDP lawmakers walked out of the chamber in protest while the 14 APC members voted in support of the six-month tenure extension of the local councils’ chairmen.

- News 24


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