From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State on Wednesday expressed concern over a plot by individuals suspected to be government officials to obstruct the state’s closing petition in the governorship election petition tribunal scheduled to resume on Thursday in Lafia.
The PDP Chairman in the state, Hon. Francis Orogu raised the concern while addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Lafia.
Orogu drew attention of the security agencies and other stakeholders to an alleged plan to creat chaos in two locations in the state, aimed at disrupting the tribunal sitting.
He said :”The attention of the party has again been drawn to an alleged plan by some suspected government officials to cause mischief by organising crisis with intent to disrupt the Governorship election petition tribunal from doing it’s job in Lafia as closing argument by parties is slated to hold in the state Capital”
“As a responsible party we have to notify the security agents ahead the plan action so as to take necessary steps to forestall break down of law and order especially in Akwanga ana Lafia”
“We urge all unpatriotic Persons nursing the intention, parading themselves as mastermind to allow peace reign as the tribunal is set to deliver quality in the state.”
Orogu, however, denied any rumour that the party was pushing for the tribunal to be moved out of the state.
“The party is not contemplating or have reasons to justify relocation of governorship tribunal sitting in the state capital to some where else. We have confidence on the tribunal as such Nasarawa state remained the choice for the tribunal”, he said.
He reiterated the position of the party, which is to respect the judgment of the governorship petition tribunal sitting in Lafia.
When contacted, DSP Nansel Ramhan, the state’s Police Public Public Relations Officer (PPRO), stated that the Police had put in place mechanisms to prevent any breakdown of law and order.
He, therefore, advised anyone considering such a course of action to think twice since the police command was prepared to deal with anyone found responsible for upsetting the peace of the state.