The Former Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker, John Clark Dabwan has said that his desire to see that the peace he worked to promote in the state is retained was the reason he resigned from his position earlier this month.
He said innocent souls had perished as a result of recurring violence in the state and that he could not allow a repeat of such bloody violence.
Dabwan, who made this known at a reception organized for him by members of his constituency following his resignation, said: “I led the House of Assembly diligently, honestly and with the fear of God and I resigned in the interest of the state. I’ve driven the House to a greater height. I did not commit any offence. I felt it is good for me to resign for peace to prevail. Plateau State has passed through political and religious turbulence and I do not want a repeat of that. Enough of the bloodshed and enough of the rancour in the House.”
Dabwan recalled that in 2007, when he was elected into the State House of Assembly under the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, he was the minority leader but in 2011, following his defection to Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, members of the House unanimously elected him as the Speaker.
He thanked his constituents for the support they gave him as their representative in the House of Assembly and urged them to vote wisely during the local government elections slated for December 21, 2013.