The leadership crisis between Taraba State’s Acting Governor Alh.Garba Umar and some PDP cabal loyal to the ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai has taken a new dimension with some members of the state House of Assembly threatening to impeach the acting governor, if he failed to with drop some members of his kitchen cabinet.
Reports say that the acting governor escaped impeachment by whiskers following secret and nocturnal meetings held between some members of the Taraba State House of Assembly with Umar .
The fresh plot to remove Umar was allegedly sparked off by the activities of some of his aides at the Government House, Jalingo .The governor also being accused of alleged abuse of office
Sources say that the lawmakers, are demanding among other things, the removal of the Chief of Staff, Engr. Ahmed Yusuf for his domineering influence in the state, including matters that affect the legislators .
The legislators also allegedly demanded that Umar should make certain appointments in their interest. The list was said to have been handed over to the acting governor for immediate action.
It was gathered that the lawmakers had sleepless night on March 6, putting heads together for a lasting solution on the matter with the Ag governor.
An impeccable source said that during the meeting, the lawmakers expressed their minds on the issue particularly the removal of Ahmed Yusuf said to have had domineering influence even on matters that concern the lawmakers.
According to findings, the lawmakers who were said to be vehement on the issues raised did not hesitate to inform the acting governor of the possibility of losing his job if he failed to comply with the demands of the lawmakers.
The acting governor who enjoyed the support of 16 members before the alleged plot now faces opposition from 12 members.
But when contacted on the matter,the House Committee Chairman on Information, Daniel Ishaya Gani, said ,” it was a rumour.” He said the House had not discussed the issue of the removal of the Chief of Staff.
He admitted that some members were not comfortable with the way and manner things were being done but the House had not discussed it, saying that the acrimony between members of the House which divided the House, eight against sixteen, was slowly being put to rest as the lawmakers had decided to work for the betterment of the people of Taraba.