Why Gbong Gwom Jos won’t intervene in Assembly crisis – Aide

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The Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman of the Plateau State Traditional Council of Chiefs and Emirs, Jacob Buba, will not intervene in the leadership crisis in the state House of Assembly, spokesman of the monarch, Alex Pam, has said.

Since the past two weeks, the Assembly had been polarised between two factions led by Abok Ayuba and Yakubu Sanda.

While Sanda, backed by Governor Simon Lalong, had continued to lay claim to the leadership of the Assembly as Speaker, Abok who was allegedly sacked by eight out of the 24-member Assembly had dismissed his removal as illegal and insisted that he remained the authentic Speaker.

Since the leadership tussle between the two groups started, there had been no plenary.

Supporters of both factions had also clashed, a development which prompted the police to shut the Assembly complex.

Many stakeholders had called for the resolution of the issues, expecting the state traditional institution, led by the Gbong Gwom Jos, to resolve the tussle.

But Pam in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, said the monarch would not intervene in the matter, adding that such move would amount to an undue interference in a matter that has judicial solution.

Pam said, “I can tell you that His Majesty, the Gbong Gwom Jos has not tried to intervene in the state Assembly issue and will not intervene at all.

“The reason is that the traditional council can only intervene if the issue is brought before it by the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

“It would have also been easy for the traditional institution to intervene if such issues are related to chieftaincy matters which the traditional institution is key in that process or if the matter is such that could end up breaching the peace directly within the state.

“But as it is, they are only hearing the issues in the media and they don’t have the facts.

“Besides,this is an issue that has to do with the law of the land which, to the Gbong Gwom Jos, due process should be followed because both parties in the leadership tussle know where the truth lies.

So for him, what is the position of the rule of law regarding the impeachment of the Speaker? Has the terms been met or not. Both parties know the truth.

“So, the leadership crisis at the state Assembly is a matter that needs clarification from the judiciary. It is the judiciary that can explain whether the process of impeachment was followed or not.”

SOURCE: The Punch

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