By AMEH COMRADE GODWIN
Sequel to the crises that has broken out in Tarka loca Government Area of Benue State, Chief Steven Lawani, acting governor of the state has affirmed that the state would be guided by constitution. Lawani made this known while addressing members of the people’s Democratic party (PDP) under the leadership of by Ambassador Dennis Ukume from the affected local government who were in Government House to present their viewpoint on the issue to government. His words, “the constitution was clear in its provisions for succession in the case of the death of a substantive local government council chairman.”
Commenting on the demise of the former chairman, Mr. Akoom Akume Dajoh, Lawani noted, “it was a constitutional provision that his deputy should be sworn in as substantive chairman that the government implemented without any form of impediment.”
He contended that Mr. Stephen Nyityo Kpev who has been sworn in as the chairman of the troubled local government will remain the council boss and would also be recognized by Benue State government. Speaking further, Chief Lawani called on mutual respect and understanding amogst stakeholders of the council, declaring that Mr. Akom remains the councils chairman until his death or resignation.
In another twist, Amb. Dennis Ukume had earlier called for the resignation of the substantive chairman of Tarka LGA in other to pave way for the widow of the late chairman to be sworn in whom they just inducted as the deputy chairman of the council subsequent to the demise Mr. Akoom Akume Dajoh, her husband.