Suntai’s Return:Group Accuses Jang,Others of Meddling in Taraba Affairs



Jang 640Comrade Amitolu Shittu, executive director ,Committee For The Defence Of Democracy And Rights Of The People has accused State Governor and other of plotting to rule Taraba state by proxy.Shittu who addressed the press in Osogbo,Osun state on Sunday said “While we all pray for quick recovery of Governor Danbaba and his imminent return to office, it is certain that we must all deplore a situation where an elected Deputy Governor is prevented from performing his lawful functions under the Constitution simply because a group of people feel that their personal and egotistic interests are better preserved by pretending that an ailing Governor is still in full charge of affairs. These unelected individuals, massaging the ego of the wife of the Governor, have succeeded in running the State of Taraba for so long and close to one year now in the shadow of the first lady. Such is never allowed civilized clime and it must be abhorred in this country.

He added “We also understand ailing Governor is being back home today and this deceptive announcement has been on air for sometime. blatant deceit that is synonymous with the Governor’s forum 2013 election, Governor Jonah Jang of , after a visit to Governor Danbaba in January, informed the nation of a healing process that would see the Governor resume office ‘very soon’. It is certain Governor does not have the mental and physical ability to continue functioning as Governor. The federal government and PDP have reduced such issue of national importance as this to another family affair, at the expense of political stability, accountable governance and . Why do these people enjoy punishing the innocent man who is completely vegetative state? What is the interest of Governor Jonah Jang in this whole political deceit? They want to continue governing Taraba State by proxy! This is alarming!

His address:
Enough of Political Chicanery in Taraba State.

BEING THE TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY COMRADE AMITOLU SHITTU, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMITTEE FOR THE DEFENCE OF DEMOCRACY AND RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE IN OSOGBO ON SUNDAY 25th AUGUST 2013
The trend of events in Taraba State in past few months have been of tremendous concern to all progressive elements in Taraba in particular and Nigeria as a whole. Since the unfortunate plane involving the Governor of the State, Gov. Suntai Danbaba, the executive administration of the State has been a toy in the hands of a cabal who believes fate of the State and its residents must be theirs in fee simple to determine as they wish.

The above attitude is completely at variance with the letters and spirit of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the interests of the electorate, but these individuals involved are completely unperturbed. While Section 186 of the Constitution creates the office of the Deputy Governor and provides in Section 189 for procedure for declaring a Governor or Deputy Governor permanently incapacitated, leaderships of the State and the Federation have pretended as if the provisions of Section 189 of the Constitution did not exist and as if the health condition of Governor Suntai Danbaba and his inability to speak with his people or House of did not fit into such as to make such a declaration in line with Section 189 of the Constitution.

It is incontrovertible that Governor Suntai Danbaba is not fit to discharge the functions of his office since October 25, 2012 when his plane crashed in Adamawa. While it was very clear that he suffered brain damage in the and could not recognize anybody, the cabal in Taraba State and People’s Democratic Party seem hell bent on refusing to allow the Deputy Governor perform the functions of the Governor and would rather ran the government of Taraba aground in a manner reminiscent of the latter days of Yar’Adua in office.

While we all pray for quick recovery of Governor Danbaba and his imminent return to office, it is certain that we must all deplore a situation where an elected Deputy Governor is prevented from performing his lawful functions under the Constitution simply because a group of people feel that their personal and egotistic interests are better preserved by pretending that an ailing Governor is still in full charge of affairs. These unelected individuals, massaging the ego of the wife of the Governor, have succeeded in running the State of Taraba for so long and close to one year now in the shadow of the first lady. Such is never allowed in a civilized clime and it must be abhorred in this country.

We also understand that the ailing Governor is being back home today and this deceptive announcement has been on air for sometime. In a blatant deceit that is synonymous with the Governor’s forum 2013 election, Governor Jonah Jang of , after a visit to Governor Danbaba in January, informed the nation of a healing process that would see the Governor resume office ‘very soon’. It is certain that the Governor does not have the mental and physical ability to continue functioning as Governor. The federal government and PDP have reduced such issue of national importance as this to another family affair, at the expense of political stability, accountable governance and . Why do these people enjoy punishing the innocent man who is completely in a vegetative state? What is the interest of Governor Jonah Jang in this whole political deceit? They want to continue governing Taraba State by proxy! This is alarming!

We call on all progressive elements across the country to demand the immediate public disclosure of the state of health of Suntai Danbaba. We demand that the Governor be allowed to address a press conference to assure the residents of Taraba State who elected him that he is fit to continue in the discharge of their affairs.

The Federal government and PDP leadership is urged to concentrate on providing quality leadership and social development for Nigerians and desist from distracting the populace with avoidable political upheavals that has become synonymous with this government each citizens government’s misadministration or workers demand their fundamental entitlement.

We reject any form of government by proxy!
We reject a government of the cabal serving only personal interests!

Amitolu Shittu
E.D. CDRP

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