Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Plateau State House of Assembly yesterday staged a walk out following a request by Governor Simon Bako Lalong to extend the tenure of the 17 management committee chairmen by six months.
The speaker of the house Peter Azi, read the Governors communication saying the extension will enable the management committee make long term plan at the same time give room for the conduct of election at the local government level.
The Chairmen were first appointed in July 2015 after Lalong sacked the elected chairmen of the local councils he inherited from former Governor Jonah Jang on grounds of corruption.
The 10 PDP lawmakers who staged the walk out yesterday were against the extension and asked the house to consider a two months extension instead, adding that there were 11 petitions against the chairmen.
Member representing Kantana constituency who is the deputy speaker, Hon. Yusuf Gagdi, said the petitions were an indication that the chairmen were performing poorly, adding that “since there are allegations of massive corruption levelled against these management committee chairmen, their tenure should not be extended for more than two months.”
The speaker however went ahead with the voice vote in which the remaining house members agreed to the six months extension.