The Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, on Thursday ordered Governor Danbaba Suntai to go back to the hospital for treatment until he is “capable of administering the state.”
In a press release, signed by Tsokwa, the House said the Deputy Governor Garba Umar, remains acting governor.
16, out of the 24-member House signed that Suntai should not resume on health grounds.
Those for Umar include: Haruna Tsokwa (Takum I constituency), Tamko Adamu (Gassol I), Mohammed Gwampo (Yorro), Josiah Sabo Kente (Wukari I), Mohamed Umar (Gashaka), Ibrahim Imam (Jalingo I), Yahaya Abduraman (Gassol II) and Iratsi Daki (Ussa).
Others are: Rashia Abdullahi (Ngoroje), Aminu Jalingo (Jalingo II), Emmanuel Dame (Ardo-Kola), John Bonzema (Zing), AA Jugulde (Gembu), Hamandama Abdullahi (Bali II), Abdulkarim Mohammed (Ibbi) and Edward Baraya (Karim II).
Tsokwa said the House met with the governor on Tuesday, but the governor spoke in a manner that brought more doubt to his authorship of the letter purportedly transmitted to the House.
The Speaker said: “it is no longer news that the Governor of Taraba State, Pharm. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai was involved in plane crash on October 25, 2012, whereof, he was flown to Germany for treatment in a condition that made him incapable of transmitting a letter to the Taraba State House of Assembly, informing it of his absence in office.
“The House invoked the provisions of Section 190(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and transmitted power to his deputy to act the office of the governor of Taraba State.
“We are all living witnesses to the way and manner the governor was brought into the state on Sunday, August 25.
“The leadership of the Taraba State House of Assembly made several efforts to see him since his arrival, but till yesterday (Wednesday) August 28 that they were allowed access to the ailing governor. And their visit revealed that he spoke in a manner that brought more doubt to his authorship of the letter purportedly transmitted to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.