Counsel to the Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, Garba Pwul (SAN) has debunked the claim by sacked councilors that the State Government is to pay them severance allowance of N1.57billion base on a recent court judgment.
However, in his reaction to the Claim, Pwul told journalists in Jos, that the Counsel to the sacked Councillors (Gyang Zi) was only mischievous by claiming that the sacked councilors were entitle to severance allowances from the state government.
“It is not true because after careful study of the judgment issued by the State High Court III being presided by Justice David Mann, there is no mention or any order for any payment of severance to be paid the sacked councilors.
“In fact, the judgment was even in favour of the state government and not the councilors, since the issue of payment order was not given in the Court’s judgment, which we have studied.
“In page 32 of the judgment it reads, `the Plaintiffs principal claim was reinstatement, which has since been struck out. Accordingly, in view of the decision in Nyako Vs Adamawa State House of Assembly (Supra), I refrain from making any consequential order’.
``That is exactly what the court said; how then could any of the councilors or their Counsels dream of having a severance package from the state government?’’ Pwul queried.
The Senior Advocate described Zi’s claim as ``frivolous and a figment of his (Zi’s) imagination since nobody will entertain any such claim of N1.57 billion as severance allowance to sacked councilors.
“If the court had made mention of such order, it could have been a different ball game, but there is nothing like that at all”.
It would be recalled that Gyang Zi, Counsel to the sacked councillors, had earlier claimed that Plateau State Government is to pay N1.57 billion as severance allowance to the sacked councillors in the 17 Local Government Areas of the State, following a court judgment which faulted their dissolution in 2015.
Zi had told newsmen that, “we are happy that the court ruled in our favour even though it did not give an order for the garnishing of the accounts of the state and local governments.
“By the judgment of the High Court last Friday, my clients, 271 of them, are entitled to N1.57 billion, as their severance allowance from the state government and the 17 local government councils.
“If the court had given an order for the garnishing of the state government and local governments’ accounts, we would have gone straight to garnish the accounts.
“As we speak, we are already preparing our letter demanding for the payment as their (councillors’) entitlements for the remaining nine months in their two-year tenure as elected representatives of their people.”