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New twist to Taraba governorship crisis

18 September 2013, 13:50Augustine Osayande

Abuja – Former Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Emmanuel Bello, has ignited the war of words in the Taraba State, suggesting Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Garba Umar, step down from the position.

In a statement, the outspoken Bello said it was “illegal”, “unconstitutional” and “treasonous” for Umar to continue in the position when Governor Danbaba Suntai was back in office.

“It is highly unconstitutional for the Taraba state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar to continue to parade himself around as the Acting Governor when his boss Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai is effectively back in office,” stated Bello.

He said “claims” of governorship as further made known by the former spokesman to the Acting Governor “are not supported by the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“The claim is as illegal as it is repugnant. It is also a strong contraption, unknown in our collective history. It is also treasonable and an impeachable offence.”

Tensions have characterized Taraba since Suntai returned late July from United States where he was recovering from injuries sustained in a plane crash last year. Some members of the House of Assembly resisted his return to office doubting his physical fitness.

Last month, a People’s Democratic Party team mediating the standoff proposed Umar retains the position but make key decisions after consulting Suntai.

While the setup has remained, so have the tensions.

CAJ News established that a parallel government is in place in the state as the Governor Suntai has appointed Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chief of Staff while those appointed by the Acting Governor are still laying claim to their seats.

Most of the commissioners Suntai sacked have refused to hand over to their permanent secretaries as directed following the pronouncement of the Acting Governor directing them to disregard the announcement.

– CAJ News


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