The Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial zone, Istifanus Gyang, said the sentiment displayed by his colleagues from the core northern States during the constitutional review has again revealed the â€œdeception and hypocrisy with which the core North perceives and treats ethnic minorities of the Middle Belt states, Plateau State in particularâ€.
He also said that despite the conspiracy of the core northern senators the â€œdestiny and heritageâ€ of the state and its people can never be outsourced.
Gyang through his Special Assistant Media and Protocol, Musa Ibrahim Ashoms, saying their â€œreligious and ethnic sentimentâ€ replicates what an Islamic cleric displayed at the wake of the recently conducted bye-election for Jos North/Bassa federal constituency, when he called for voting on religious grounds.â€
He said, â€œThe religious and ethnic sentiment which a Jos based Islamic cleric displayed at the Bye-election of Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency when he called for voting on religious grounds has been replicated by Senators of the core Islamic North who voted against the Bill for an Act to Alter the name of Barikin Ladi Local Government Area to â€œGwolâ€, Local Government Area, Plateau State.
â€œThe Senate voted on the Report of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution on Constitution (Fifth Alteration) Bills, 2022 in which six Bills came for change of names of Local government Areas.
â€œAll the Bills passed with the exception of Gwol, which failed due to the opposition of Senators of the core Northâ€, he lamented.
â€œThe sentiment in the voting became visible when the results for Gwol showed out of a total number of 96 Senators who registered, 67 voted for, 26 against, while 3 did not vote. The number needed for each of the Bills to scale through is 73 yes votes.
â€œTruth is, while the Northern Senators saw nothing wrong in voting to change the name of Kunchi LGA in Kano State to Ghari LGA, they turned round to oppose that of Gwol typical of their opposition against anything Plateau or that resembles Plateau State.
â€œThe people of Plateau State abhor the attitude and betrayal of Senators of the core North who voted against the collective decision taken at the meeting of the so-called Northern Senators preceding the Senate sittingâ€, he decried.
â€œThe action of the Northern Senators has again unveiled the deception and hypocrisy with which the core North perceives and treats ethnic minorities of the Middle Belt states, Plateau State in particularâ€, Gyang maintained.
He however said those that passed include; â€œChange of names of Afikpo North and Afikpo South in Ebonyi state to Afikpo and Edda LGAs â€“ 93 registered, 90 voted for, 2 against and 1 abstained.
â€œChange of name of Kunchi LGA of Kano State to Ghari LGA â€“ 93 registered, 89 voted for, 1 voted against and 3 did not vote.
â€œChange of name of Egbado North and Egbado South LGA of Ogun State to Yewa North and Yewa South â€“ 97 registered, 93 voted for, two voted against, two abstained and two did not vote.
Others are, â€œCorrection of name Atigbo LGA of Oyo State to Atisbo LGA â€“ 87 registered, 79 voted for, 6 voted against, none abstained and three did not vote.
â€œCorrection of the name Abio/Akpor LGA to Obio/Akpor LGA. 96 registered, 91 voted yes, two voted against, none abstained and 3 did not vote.
Gyang, who is the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, said, â€œTruth is, the destiny and heritage of Plateau State and people can never be outsourced no matter the conspiracyâ€.