By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
Some members of the Central Working Committee of the Plateau Youth Council have backed out of the use of Covid -19 Lockdown to extend the tenure of the present executive council against constitutional provisions.
This was contained in a press statement signed by eight out of the twelve Excos and read by the Deputy Chairman, Comrade Othniel Gongden, at the press briefing held at the Azi Nyako Youth Centre the Plateau State Capital Thursday.
Deputy Chairman of the PYC said,” you will recall that on 22nd of May, 2017, we were inaugurated as Exco of Plateau State Youth Council to serve for a tenure of three calendar years as stipulated in Article VIII (a) of our Constitution.
“Fellow Plateau Youth. today, this press conference became necessary because we are confronted with a challenge that was not envisage in the Constitution of the PYC (transition amidst COVID-19), this challenge in the last few days especially after the resolution of the “Expanded Exco meeting” in which we refused to attain for lack of constitional backing.
“For the records, we agree with all the concerns raised in the said resolution as necessitated by the current situation, but we disagree and dissociate ourselves from “maintaining status quo till the end of COVID-19”.
Our concerns are bothered on the fact that, although, we are confronted with the global pandemic and there is no moral justification for tenure extension as we still have the option of setting up an electoral committee to plan and wait for final ease of lockdown,” he stressed.
Gongden disclosed that, they have served for complete 2 years, 11 month before the lockdown and that, they have no reason to use COVID-19 as an excuse not to set up electoral committee to conduct election since there was no specific date for the end of the pandemic, hence the need for them to do the right thing.
They, however, appealed to Governor Simon Bako Lalong, to instruct the State Ministry of Youth and Sport to permit the CWC to hold an extraordinary meeting to constitute a Five-man Electoral Committee in order to save the council from another legal tussle, considering the tremendous support given the council to have this EXCO in place.
Those who signed the document included Hafsal Azi (Secretary General; Fabian Parlong ((Assistant Secretary Richard Nyelong (Southern Zone Coordinator), Rayanu Saidu (Financial Secretary), Victor C. Gyang (Auditor General, Sam Datiri (Public Relations Officer) and Othniel Gongden Deputy Chairman respectively.