By Danlami Nmodu
More revelations have emerged about the attempts by forces loyal to Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai to dig in and frustrate the Acting Governor, Garba Umar .Newsdiaryonline.com has learnt after the reported letter to the State House of Assembly about Suntai’s return as governor, his allies are plotting the next move.
Insiders have revealed to Newsdiaryonline.com that “the next move after allowing him to rest for three days is to see if they can make Suntai address the state both on radio and television.”
“The problem is that Suntai is not strong enough to sustain any long or marathon address. So the plan is to see even if it is to choreograph his address.They plan to put several 30 seconds or so of his speech together.The plot is to edit these to produce an address that will last between 4 and 5 minutes.The address cannot last beyond 5 minutes”,Newsdiaryonline.com was told.
The motive is to give the impression that Suntai is truly back and fit. In addition, “some visits by loyalists to the governor are also being planned to welcome him”.Afterwards, a string of announcements will be made putting Suntai’s trusted people in key positions where they will take control of the state especially the fund.
Our sources said Suntai’s associates are not comfortable with the moves already made by the Acting governor who has sacked people,made appointments and has begun awarding contracts.These contracts are of particular interest to pro Suntai forces who believe if the acting governor is not checked now, he may have too much war- chest at his disposal and it will be impossible to check him in 2015.
“So pro-Suntai forces want to put all their counter plans in place and later they will fly Suntai out to continue with his treatment abroad”,Newsdiaryonline.com was told.A source claimed that some influential powers in Abuja are aware of the entire pro- Suntai plot.
But it appears his associates truly care less about Suntai’s health.It was learnt that what Suntai needs now is thorough rehabilitation to revive his brain.In fact,said an insider,Suntai has attained between 55% and 60% rehabilitation.However there is the fear among those who know, that this pressure he is being put under may cause a relapse of his condition.
“He may slip back if care is not taken especially with all this rowdiness and political pressure .This may put his mind in further confusion .It is the brain that the doctors are trying to bring back.He may relapse”,a knowledgeable source said.
It is evident from now that the pro- Suntai forces just want to perfect their ethno-religious political calculations that will keep the governor in office till 2015.Suntai is Christian and Umar , the acting governor is a Muslim.The irony is that Suntai actually sacked his former deputy governor and appointed the present acting governor as his deputy.The governor was sadly injured in a plane crash later.
It also appears Suntai’s allies want a successor they can do business with when the time comes.
By Danlami Nmodu