Monday, September 16, 2013

Exclusive: Taraba Ag. Governor not consulting Governor Suntai

This are not best of time for the political 'Cabal' in the camp of Taraba State Governor , Danbaba Suntai, as peace agreement reached by the State Acting Governor  Alhaji Garba Umar UTC has not been jettison. exclusively gathered that the Ag. Governor has not been consulting with his boss on major decisions he has been taking since the peace agreement was reached by both parties.
The Ag.Governor  had named some new Permanent Secretaries in state without informing Governor Suntai.
Umar has continuously blamed the 'cabal' surrounding Governor Suntai who is recovering from an air mishap for not granting him access to the governor.
The Suntai Cabal believes Ag. Governor Umar is adamant and nursing a 2015 agenda.
Pro Umar Legislators in the State House of Assembly led by the Speaker strongly believes that Governor Suntai is incapacitated and unfit to resume office.
A position the Jalingo chapter of Nigerian Bar Association NBA did not share.
Channels television on Sunday Night showed  footages of  the governor exercising himself with close associates in a game of draughts as part of the therapy process, before receiving members of the NBA comprising of lawyers, representatives of federation of women lawyers and the Magistrates Association of Nigeria, led by the Chairman of NBA, Jalingo chapter, Ibrahim Effiong.
The Governor was captured saying some people in the State wants him dead.
It will be recalled that, since the arrival of the state governor from his medical treatment abroad following his plane crash, there has been political turmoil in the state, owing to who should be the leading the affairs of the state.
Political gladiators in the state have been divided, with some backing the deputy governor who has been in charge since Suntai left the shores of the country 10 months ago, while some insist that the governor who is still recuperating should immediately swing into action as the governor of the state.

Sensing political chaos in state, the ruling party, PDP sent a peace-making delegation to the state as parties involved were invited to a meeting inside the State Government house in Jalingo. After the meeting, Senator Hope Uzodinma who led the delegation briefed newsmen, some of whom had seen the governor Suntai earlier, saying there is no more problem in the state as warring parties have agreed to put the Deputy Governor in charge of state affairs until the governor recuperates fully.

Surprising, Governor Danbaba Suntai decided to exhaust legal means on the matter, by heading to court a few days after, with the Taraba High Court granting and ordering a leave to hear the suit filed by the governor against the Speaker and members of Taraba State House of Assembly.

The governor sought relief for a declaration that the letter which he sent to the Speaker is absolute, mandatory obeisant, immutable and cannot be debated or contradicted by any means and has automatically assumed his powers and responsibilities as governor of Taraba state.

The Court fixed 12th of September for the hearing of the suit, but was adjourned till Tuesday 17th of September due to late response of the plaintiffs' counsel to the preliminary objections of the defense counsel.
With the controversy lingering in Taraba power tussle, there is the need for politicians to restrain from escalating the issue at hand through dialogue and mutual understanding as the governor under goes his recovery process.

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