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PDP charges Plateau Assembly to kick against Gov Lalong’s support for Ruga settlement

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PDP charges Plateau Assembly to kick against Gov Lalong's support for Ruga settlement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Plateau State House of Assembly to urgently pass a resolution to kick against Governor Simon Lalong’s support for Ruga settlement.

The PDP in a statement issued on Tuesday by its State Publicity Secretary, John Akans, in Jos, the Plateau state capital, said the State Assembly should urgently pass a resolution directing the State Governor to “totally reject this anti people’s programme”.

John Akans said, “The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Plateau State chapter have been watching events as it unfold within the APC’s led government particularly on the current issue of RUGA Fulani settlement.

“The party is worried on the continues silence by the state government concerning RUGA settlement programme by the federal government of Nigeria.

“This is because some States have come out with a clear and unambiguous position of total rejection of this unacceptable plans of the APC led government,” he explained.

Read also: RUGA: We can’t fold our arms and let S’West lands be overrun by strangers— Yoruba Elders

Plateau PDP continued that, “We are deeply absorbed, while some State Governors have come out with a clear position on this matter as it affects their people, but our own dear governor has refused to make his position known.

“We expect the APC led government in the state to make a categorical statement regarding this programme, but it seems the APC itself is confused as on what to tell Plateau people.”

The PDP spokesman maintained that it has been alleged that, “the APC Government of Simon Bako Lalong has already conceded some lands to the federal government for the purpose of this anti- people’s programme.”

Akans further stated that, “Governor Simon Bako Lalong must listen to the cries of Plateau people, listen to the cries of traumatized victims of herdsmen in the state.

“Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, under the leadership of Hon. Chris Adukuchili Hassan demands a clear statement from Governor Simon Bako Lalong on this matter that affects the people of plateau directly.

“Governor Simon Bako Lalong must understand that our land is our heritage and inheritance which can not be shared”, he warned.

“He must also realize that land is finiti and cannot be used in exchange for his personal political bargain and favour!

“We equally called on members of the State House of Assembly to as a matter of urgency past a resolution directing the state governor to totally reject this anti people’s programme that is against the people of your various constituencies inline with your Benue State counterparts.”

Recall that Governor Lalong and his Bauchi State counterpart Bala Mohammed yesterday said they are fully in support of the Ruga settlement project aimed at addressing the lingering conflict between herders and farmers in the country.

The governors spoke to reporters after they met President Muhammadu Buhari separately at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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