The immediate past governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has dismissed the planned probe of his administration by his successor as a mere waste of state resources.
Governor Simon Lalong had on Monday named a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the Jang government between 2007 and 2015.
But Mr. Jang said in a statement on Wednesday that the probe will amount to a “wild goose chase”.
“Plateau State Government under Simon Lalong continues to waste scarce resources that would have been put to better use for the good of the State on a needless voyage of fantasies and fixation bound for the rocks’ so much money has been expended in what is now a wild goose chase,” he said.
The statement, signed by Clinton Garuba, a media aide to the former governor, said “millions of taxpayers’ money capable of paying workers’ salaries for about two months” has been paid to KPMG to conduct a forensic audit.
Mr. Jang said since his inauguration over a year ago, Gov Lalong had named five committees to investigate him.
“As at the last count, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry is the fifth committee Lalong has constituted, mandated, empowered, and inaugurated to probe the tenure of the former Governor,” the statement said.
“Governor Simon Lalong had recently petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to probe Senator Jonah Jang only to impulsively resort to self-help by constituting the commission of inquiry when his phantom claims and capricious desires were not indulged.”
It said Mr. Jang has nothing to hide, and would will avail himself to the commission to clear his name.
“Senator Jonah Jang is ever ready to give an account of his time as Governor of Plateau State; he absolutely without equivocation has nothing to hide,” it said.
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