From AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja
Former deputy governor of Taraba State in the administration of Rev. Jolly Nyame, Senator Saleh Usman Danboyi, has called for the immediate swearing-in of the Acting Governor of the state, Garba Umar, as substantive governor. He said the action would put an end to what he termed as “administrative standstill in the state.”
Speaking with journalists yesterday in Abuja, Danboyi said since Governor Danbaba Sunati was involved in a plane crash three months ago, the state had been in a standstill, saying the political situation was worrisome to many natives. The senator who represented Taraba South Senatorial District between 2003 and 2007 in the Senate, said in any civilised society, the citizens ought to know the health condition of their leaders, adding that the situation of things in Taraba State showed the state was a shadow of itself compared to when the ailing governor was in charge. According to Danboyi, “our governor was involved in a plane crash and he was taken to Germany.
Ever since, we have not heard anything regarding his health status and this is causing much concern to the entire people of Taraba State. “We have the acting governor but things are not moving, particularly the developmental projects which involved capital projects. They are not forthcoming. Nothing is moving. It is believed in any civilised society that if their leader is sick, they ought to know the position of his health and we haven’t heard anything. We are being treated just like fools. “We don’t know what is happening in Taraba State with reference to his health. Nobody addresses us and we haven’t heard anything from him.
What we saw was a picture trick indicating that the governor is sitting with his wife and his twin babies and one other person besides him. “These are not sufficient evidence to prove to us that the governor is responding to treatment. We don’t wish him any bad omen. We want him to be well and recover quickly but we want to know the position of his health. If you take the case of Hugo Chavez of Yugoslavia, every morning in world news, his vice president will announce to the people of Yugoslavia about the health condition of their leader.”
He also made reference to the case of Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State, saying, “you can see a typical example in Kogi State here. The governor was involved in a motor accident. We saw him in the television even when he was being discharged from the hospital. We saw him. “He talked to the people of the state and the country in general. We have seen that. But in our own case in Taraba, some cabals are just holding the state to ransom, saying the governor will come today, the governor will come tomorrow and he has also sent a goodwill message to one of his friends and that is not the issue of friends.
It is the issue of the state. It is a state affair. We want the governor to address us. At least, he can do that from Germany.” While revealing that he was ready to go to court if the situation continued, Danboyi said the provisions of the constitution was well spelt out on how the acting governor could assume the position of a substantive governor. He said: “The position of the constitution in Sections 189 and 181, is well spelt out on how we should have an acting governor and how the acting governor will become substantive governor. “So, the acting governor is not addressing us about the condition of the health of the governor. The onus of the proof about the health condition of our governor lies entirely in the hands of his deputy,” he concluded.