Governor Suntai, Acting Governor Umar Faces Impeachment
The political atmosphere in Taraba state may be heated up anytime soon as there are strong indications that plans are underway to impeach both the ailing governor Danbaba suntai and the acting governor, Garba Umar, to pave way for the Speaker of the State Assembly to preside over the conduct of the 2015 election.
This development is coming few days to the October 28 date where both the Governor and the State House of Assembly are expected to finally withdraw a case instituted by the governor against the Assembly.
Suntai had dragged the state House of Assembly and the Speaker to a Jalingo High Court to seek an interpretation of section 190(2) of the 1999 Constitution and to determine whether the letter he transmitted to the Assembly intimating it of his preparedness to resume duties as governor of the state is subject to debate or deliberation by the Assembly as it had done.
The governor had upon his return from the United States of America, where he was treated of the injuries he sustained in a plane crash that occurred on October 25, transmitted a letter to the Assembly to notify it of his preparedness to resume duties as governor of the state.
The Assembly, rather than deliberating on the governors request passed a resolution urging the Deputy Governor, Garba Umar to continue to act as the Governor on the ground that he is not yet fit to discharge the responsibilities of the office of governor since he was unable to appear before it as requested.
The Deputy governor has since acted as the governor following the intervention of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party through a committee chaired by Senator Hope Uzodinma, who brokered peace between the governor and his deputy after the decision of the assembly set them on collision.
The move to impeach the governor and his deputy Abusidiqu.com gathered is provoked by the cordial relationship between the governors’s family and acting governor.
According to a source, the development was said to have created a sharp division between the family of the governor and his associates who are agaisnt the family negotiating the transfer of power with the acting governor.
The same associates of the governor are believed to have held on to his travel passport after his wife has agreed for further medical treatment for her husband, even after what the source described as repeated requests from the family.
They were quoted as telling the governor’s family that further treatment abroad for the governor would undermine the larger political agenda which the governor’s group were at the moment pressing for.
In order to keep up the larger political agenda, the associates of the governor are said to be plotting to impeach both Suntai and Umar, the acting governor. Sources disclosed that the plan was to make the speaker an interim governor to instal a governor from the Southern zone of the state in 2015.
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