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Taraba denies ploy to rig Speaker election

06 February 2014, 15:02

Taraba - A political group in Taraba has alleged plans by security operatives to rig next Saturday’s primary election scheduled for Takum One Constituency in the state.

The late Speaker of the House of Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, passed away as a result of heart related disease last November.

In a press statement made available to journalists in Jalingo, the Southern Taraba United for Democracy expressed “dismay at the ways and manners the state acting governor Garba Umar is working tirelessly round the clock to succeed in imposing candidates on the people of the constituency.”

“The first attempt by the crafty Umar was to ensure contestants in the poll were denied access to buy forms. This move was roundly rebuffed by the state chairman of the party, Victor Bala and his council members.  Other contestants were then allowed to buy forms,” the organisation said in a statement signed by state coordinator of the organization, Sabo Ahamadu.

The acting governor, said Ahamadu, has concluded plans to use security men in the state to “rig primary in favour of his candidate.”

The group further alleged that Umar’s alleged desperation was borne out of the fact that Takum was key to his infernal ambition.

“Umar hopes to get an additional Member of the House of Assembly that would do his bidding. The replacement of former speaker, the late Haruna Tsokwa is now Umar's mantra.”

Contacted for comment, Umar’s office brushed aside the allegations.

“It is all politics,” his Chief Press Secretary, Kefas Sule, said.

The Acting Governor, according to Sule, is “a man of principle and he believes in due process, so he can never belittle him to the level of forcefully imposing candidate on the people.”

– CAJ News


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