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Taraba tensions ahead of mediator’s visit

02 September 2013, 11:30

Abuja - The National Chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Bamanga Tukur has been urged to adhere to the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution during efforts to resolve the crisis in the Taraba State.

Tukur is the mediator of the political upheavals in Taraba, where Governor Danbaba Suntai has returned from United States to resume duties amid resistance by other leaders.

Tukur was set to arrive on Monday alongside a team of mediators to find lasting solution to the unrest.

Former commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Emmanuel Bello, said Tukur and his team should not hesitate to “tread the part of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“The National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur should respect the Nigeria constitution as he moves to wade into the Taraba crisis; he must make the nation’s constitution his guide.”

Bello was certain that the crisis, if handled well and not politicized by Tukur led team, would be brought to an end.

He noted, “Our country is guided by the constitution, and we cannot afford to be lawless.”

He accused State House of Assembly Speaker, Haruna Tsokwa as one of those “igniting the dust of anarchy” saying he felt “sad” that a man in such a position was “trampling on the constitution of the country.”

 “The speaker according to him has said he is not interested in what the constitution says. In his rejection of Governor Suntai’s letter transmitted to the House, he kept saying as far as he was concerned Garba Umar still remained the acting governor of this state.”

Bello added, “The people perpetrating illegality are those saying they have no regards for the constitution of the land.”

- CAJ News


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