BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS
The 16-member legislative Council of Quan Pan Local Government Council in Plateau State on Wednesday impeached the chairman of the Council, Hon. Isaac Kwalu.
Among several grounds, the Councilors accused the impeached chairman of failure to convene Security Council meetings, refusal to make counterpart contribution to the State University in Bokkos, diversion of Council funds, and lack of respect for due process in the award of contracts.
It was however gathered that the embattled former chairman on Tuesday secured interim injunction from a High Court in Jos against his suspension from office earlier in June this year.
But, before the order could be served on all the relevant authorities on Wednesday, in what observers of the exercise described as “photo finish”, the councilors had made the impeachment fait accompli.
The Chairman of Quan Pan and his Kanam Local Government Council counterpart were suspended from office in June by a coerced order of the State House of Assembly which accused the duo of insubordination and failure to carry out directives of the state legislature.
Independent sources familiar with goings on in the Plateau South senatorial district however said the earlier suspension and eventual impeachment of Isaac Kwalu as chairman of Quan Pan is sheer political framing not unconnected with the moves by Governor Simon Lalong to influence the outcome of the anticipated Plateau South Senate bye-election.