TARABA NEWS: Bello Fmr Info Commissioner blasts Tukur, cautions Speaker
LEGISREPORTS NG – Former Commissioner of Taraba State, Emmanuel Bello has lambasted the National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur for attempting to interfere and take sides in the political crisis which has divided the state house of assembly, saying he should respect the provision of the Constitution.
LEGISREPORTS recalls that the Taraba State Assembly had been divided over Suntai’s written request to the house stating his intention to resume work as Governor of the state after being away for over ten months in the United States and Germany where he underwent medical treatment due to a helicopter crash he was involved in late last year.
The division among lawmakers of the state assembly it was gathered, was due to the loyalty factor, as some of whom identified with the acting governor opposed Governor Suntai’s request to resume work on health grounds.The legislators had demanded and insisted that Suntai appear before the house as confirmation that he was in good health condition to take over the running of the state.
The former commissioner of Information in Taraba state had in a statement on Saturday called on the PDP national Chairman to enforce the constitution as it concerns the power tussle between Suntai and his Deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar.He said any attempt by Tukur to take sides with the deputy governor who was acting governor before Governor Suntai’s return will be resisted by Tarabans.He said: “As he moves to wade into the Taraba crisis, National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, must make the nation’s constitution his guide.
“Our country is guided by the constitution, and we can’t afford to be lawless.According to Bello, “The people perpetrating illegality are those saying they have no regards for the constitution. “The Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, has said he is not interested in what the constitution says.”In his rejection of Suntai’s letter transmitted, he kept saying “as far as I’m concerned”.”Tukur should enforce the provision of the constitution as it relates to the Taraba debacle. If Tukur takes sides in the ongoing imbroglio, we shall vehemently resist him.
The former Taraba commissioner also denied Tukur’s claims of Suntai running a government by proxy, stressing that the deputy governor was the one in fact working hard to inflict division in the state by running a parallel government.Bello also added that the deputy governor had no right to question Governor Suntai’s recent decision to sack all members of his cabinet, as doing so was wrong.
“We also deny in harshest terms Tukurs assertions that Suntai runs a government by proxy. Rather, the deputy governor, Umar Garba, is the one attempting to run a parallel government.”Suntai sacked his cabinet. The deputy governor is questioning that. He is wrong,” the former commissioner said.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Abuja.