The Plateau State Chapter of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed worries over incessant killings and kidnappings of innocent lives ongoing across the State.
A statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Hon. John Akans stated that latest of such ugly incidents was the killings in Jeneret village of Mangu local government area and the kidnapped of four other citizens.
While extending its heartfelt sympathy to the immediate families, friends, community and the people of Plateau over the continued dastardly attacks and kidnappings on a daily basis, the PDP strongly accused the APC Government of complete neglet and abandoning Plateau citizens at the mercy of kidnappers/bandits.
The statement read in parts, “Never in the history of this State and the country have innocent Nigerians experienced so much excruciating pains, sufferings and killings. “The economic hardship, extreme poverty, frightening level of insecurity, during this eight years of misrule of the APC led by Governor Barr Simon Bako Lalong is quite alarming.
“The growing level of killings, kidnapping,criminality and the disenchantment by Plateau citizens towards ruling APC is enough pointer for mass action against this leadership that has failed beyond expectation.
“It is pathetic the way the APC has run Plateau State, but it is even worst that they are not even sensitive enough to feel the excruciating pains they have inflicted on the people day by day.
“The Plateau APC and its sociopathic members are only insulting the sensibility of Plateau people by even assuming that by any guise or circumstance they can ever return to power after the carnage they have brought by their scandalous management of the State’s resources, its diversity and high level of insecurity”.
The PDP further noted with regrets that as of today under the APC administration, any Nigerian either travelling from one state to another or even within the same state or even sleeping in his own house will have to leave some amount of money with their next of kin for purpose of ransom while some are helpless because every one is frightened that they may be kidnapped at any moment .
“Today, because of Governor Simon Bako Lalong’s maladministration, Plateau people have had to eventually give up farming which used to be one of the highest contributors to the State Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”.
The PDP also noted with high regrets that Plateau people who constitute more than 60 percent of the total farmers’ workforce across the value chain from planting, processing, and distribution, have become essentially unemployed and are being ravished by hunger and poverty as a result of massive insecurity.
The PDP spokesman wondered if it was not worrying to the APC that out of the nearly eight years that it has been in power, students have been home for an aggregate period of 4 years due to strike action by lecturers who have been battered to submission by APC-led government.
The party further held that Governor Lalong’s administration has refused to invest in security, education, Agriculture ,commerce and industry, because the Governor lacked the acumen to do that which will benefit the state and its people.
“It was our wish that Governor Lalong suspends his private enjoyment in UK, France and Dubai, with immediate effect and return to Jos to (at least for the remaining few of his months in office) adopt modules of operation to end this incessant killings in the State like how other responsible leaders are doing. But he has rather chosen to do otherwise
“Its quite sad that Governor Lalong and his APC Chairman, Rufus Bature and their heartless and stranded exco have lost their consciences towards the people but only take pleasure in wasteful adventures by wasting their time questioning the legitimacy and performance of the PDP simply because, the focused PDP has been exposing their misadventures and inadequacies in their leadership”, the statement stated.
The APC, According to the main opposition, is currently living in limbo or perhaps a bubble created by figment of its imagination of lies and deceit which has completely eroded their faculty of sensitivity and reasoning.
Hon. Akans stated that the PDP was poised and committed towards protecting and restoring the lost glory of the State and thatit shall not relent in doing that.
“Plateau people are fed up with the APC and are yearning for the return of the PDP to take over.”
“The APC is but a mere disgrace to be a party in government in Plateau State . The good people of Plateau State already know APC’S divisive antics and will not be perturbed by their wailings to distract Peoples determination to chase them out of office come 2023.
“The leadership of our great and popular party, the PDP is working assiduously towards dethroning this catastrophic government of the APC in the State and Nigeria to once more improve the livelihood of the people and place the state on a path of unity ,sustainable growth and development,” concluded the statement.