APC chieftain in Plateau state resigns, gives reasons

Dr. Nandul Durfa, Chairman, Board of Directors, College of Health Technology, Zawan in Plateau state, has resigned his appointment.

Durfa, a chieftain of the APC, cited alleged electoral fraud and impunity in the Oct. 10 Plateau local government elections as reason for his resignation.

In his resignation letter addressed to the Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Durfa said that he was opting out because his conscience could not accept government’s impunity that could “bring further instability in Plateau’’.

A copy of the letter, dated Oct. 22, 2018, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Jos.

The letter read: “ Gov. Simon Lalong, on resumption of office in 2015, endeared himself to the people by swearing in Mr Hitler Dadi as Chairman, Langtang North Local Government.

“Dadi had won the election held in 2014, but was shoved aside by the then state government which swore in its preferred candidate that clearly lost in the polls.

“That action (swearing-in) was applauded by all of us who felt that a fair leader, with a sense of justice, had arrived.

“Ironically, in Aug. 2017, during the councillorship election in my Sabon-Gida ward of Langtang South Local Government, the winner was rejected and the loser sworn in.

“I objected to this, but the abnormally was never rectified.’

“On Oct. 10, 2018, local government elections were conducted and the same impunity was repeated in my Langtang South Local Government.

“I can report that the local government electoral officer did not collect the election result from any of the returning officers from the 15 state electoral wards before disappearing to Jos where the “results’’ were announced.

“Reports available to me show that the situation was the same in all other local governments.

“Acts of impunity like this might lead to distrust of the government and may further bring instability to our state.”

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