Abuja - Acting Taraba State Governor, Garba Umar, will remain in that position but must seek for clearance from returning Governor Dunbaba Suntai before embarking on any major decision.
This follows a truce reached by a team of the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) which is mediating in the political crisis in the state.
Senator Hope Uzodinma, who leads the mediation team, confirmed the arrangement after he led a seven-man committee to a meeting with Umar.
“We are in support of the fact that the acting governor should continue to act and he should always consult with the Governor and clear with him on major issues pending when he is ready to fully take over the governance of the state.
"We have resolved the issue, it was a family issue and we don’t have crisis in Taraba state again,” he said.
Uzodinna said Suntai, who is “relatively healthy”, and Umar had agreed to the arrangement.
“Suntai is relatively healthy and he has no disagreement with his deputy who is now the acting governor. Suntai is also in support that the acting governor should continue acting but should always consult with him.”
Umar said he has agreed to abide by the decision of the mediating team.
“We have been able to tell ourselves the truth and we have been able to resolve our differences and today I am assuring that Taraba State that we are one.”
He applauded President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the ruling party for the resolution.
“It was agreed that I will paddle the affairs of the state until my principal is able to come back and resume duty as our governor.
"There must be a kind of consultations between me and my boss in carrying out my duties as the acting governor of the state," Umar said.
Taraba was thrust into political turmoil when Suntai returned to assume duty following a lengthy periods in the United States where he was recovering from injuries sustained in a plane crash.
Some politicians however opposed his move to re-assume office doubting his physical fitness.
- CAJ News