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Taraba Crisis: Deputy governor Garba Umar is power-thirsty, says Senator

Garba Umar Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, yesterday accused Taraba State Deputy Governor Garba Umar of plotting to be governor.

Bwacha (PDP, Taraba South) also described as “ridiculous” the position of some National Assembly members from the state who backed the House of Assembly’s stand that Umar should continue to act as governor.

Bwacha, who spoke in Abuja, said due to desperation to assert himself, the deputy governor had been going round “poisoning the minds of our Muslim brothers” that Taraba people do not want a Muslim to be governor.

He said Umar had forgotten so soon how Governor Danbaba Suntai “picked him from nowhere and made him his deputy”.

He noted that “if Suntai had liked at the time, he would have brought a Christian to be his deputy and heavens wouldn’t have fallen because it wasn’t an election.”

Bwacha said: “This man did not run election with him (Suntai), he just brought him, sent his name to the House of Assembly and he was confirmed.”

He said Umar is also busy visiting traditional rulers in the North.

In his view, the way out of the crisis is for Umar to revert back to deputy governor.

Bwacha said: “The way out of the situation, except if the deputy governor has refused that he is no longer the deputy governor; the way out is simple – the deputy governor was a deputy governor when he was brought in.

“Your principal has returned, you revert to your position of a deputy governor. But the deputy governor is refusing to revert back to his position as deputy governor.

“He wants to assert himself. What sort of heartlessness is this? He can’t be patient, for God’s sake? Has he forgotten so soon how he joined the governor?

“Barely two weeks after the governor brought him, the governor had accident. Has he thrown morality to the dust bin that he flies all over the place visiting traditional rulers in the North, telling them lies?

“Does he know that there is one God that rules over the affairs of men? Let me tell you, the deputy governor remains the deputy governor, Suntai remains the governor.

“Why is the deputy governor refusing to accept the position he was before. Must he be substantive governor before he begins to act?

“If you know that this is your principal that brought you and if loyalty is there, you can go to him. Suntai doesn’t necessarily want to come around and start jumping around as if he wants to play football. He can delegate power to his deputy to represent him anywhere. What are Nigerians talking about?”

On why he was not at the news conference addressed by some National Assembly members from Taraba on the issue, he said: “I was not there because I cannot be associated with illegality. At this level of my legislative experience, I don’t feel I can condescend so low to behave as if I were a local government councillor.”

“What do I mean by this, with due respect to my colleagues, they veered into a territory that does not belong to them.

“First and foremost, there is no law backing what they did. It was a total illegality. It is a nullity; it does not make sense. In a civilized society, nobody is expected to do what they did.

“You cannot wake up by a mere news release and ask a governor who is protected by law of the country to proceed on a sick leave.

“This is a governor who has just been discharged from a hospital in the United States and he was asked to come home and stay with his family, stay with his associates so that he can have full recovery.

“Now for you to wake up and say you are passing a resolution that he should go back for treatment, that sounds ridiculous.

“It is as ridiculous as it is bizarre. It is never heard anywhere. That is why you did not see me there because I cannot ridicule myself.”

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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