The Probity Tribe has backed the call by the Gubernatorial Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Barrister Caleb Mutfwang to Governor Simon Lalong to provide proof of the allegations he leveled during the Flag-Off of campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Wase LGA recently.
The group described as unfortunate the outburst of the Governor during such an event, stressing that rather than market his candidates and party whose popularity is fast dwindling among Plateau people and indeed Nigerians, decided to promote the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP Barrister Caleb Mutfwang to APC Members at the rally.
In a reaction by the group on Saturday 11th February 2023, through its leadership, the group urged the Governor to substantiate the allegation that Barrister Caleb Mutfwang owed workers of Mangu LGA several months of salary. They urged the people of Plateau State not to deter from their resolve to vote out the APC which has plunged them into untold hardship and make ready their PVCs in order to vote in the PDP to restore the fortunes of the State. The group said that the most needed leadership that Plateau State has been struggling to get a hold of from 2015 to 2023 will be restored by Barrister Caleb Mutfwang when he is sworn-in by May 29, 2023.
Barrister Caleb Mutfwang had responded to Governor Lalong during a town hall meeting few days ago in Wase, the same location the allegation was made, challenging Governor Lalong to produce the documents he claims to have, or prepare to meet him in court, even as Lalong’s immunity as Governor is fast expiring on 29th May, 2023.
In his own words “And I want to challenge Governor Lalong in the same Wase, that if he is not a coward, let him produce the documents that prove that I did not pay salaries for 10months.”
“Let me inform you that I have instructed my lawyers today. He will be hearing from my lawyers very soon. If he does not refute that allegation, we will meet in court. And let him remember that his immunity expires on the 29th of May. Thereafter, he will have no hiding place.” He added.
Barr. Caleb Mutfwang also challenged the gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, who stands to profit from Governor Lalong’s allegations, against the PDP guber candidate, to refute the allegation.
“And let me challenge my colleague the APC gubernatorial candidate. If he does not refute what Governor Lalong said, then it means he has endorsed a lie. And Plateau does not need liars on the throne”.
It would be recalled that the Local Government Service Commission under Mr Fabian Ntung (The current Chairman Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC), when Mutfwang was Chairman of Mangu LGA, was responsible for paying salaries of workers in the 17 Local Government Areas of the State.
It would also be recalled that Governor Simon Lalong removed Barr. Caleb Mutfwang from office on assumption of office as Governor in 2015. Mutfwang and other democratically elected Local Government Chairmen in the State were only 1year and 3months in office out of a 3year-tenure, when they were illegally removed.