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TARABA REPORT: Speaker, 16 other lawmakers ditch Suntai, finger Cabal

LEGISREPORTS – Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly and sixteen other members have ditched the returnee ailing governor of the state, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, saying he is not fit and sound enough to assume duties.The lawmakers said they have also confirmed that the letter earlier transmitted to the House purportedly by Suntai was not written by him as they were earlier made to believe.

They pointed fingers at unnamed members of a cabal as being behind the governor’s recent return and actions.The said letter which would have allowed the governor to resume officeas the number one citizen of the state if the House had allowed it sail through was said to have been forged by the cabal who are vehemently interested in holding the state hostage.

The lawmakers insisted that they will continue to recognise the deputy governor, Mr. Garba Umar as acting governor of the state, asking Suntai to go take care of his health first before coming back to assume his position.In a press release signed by the speaker Rt. Hon. Haruna Tsokwa and sixteen of the twenty four members of the House said Suntai could not have been the one behind the letter following the situation the leadership of the House claimed they met the governor when they visited him on Wednesday.

Part of the release read:

“The leadership of the Taraba State House of Assembly made several efforts to see the governor since his arrival, but till yesterday the 28th August, 2013 that they were allowed access to the ailing governor and their visit revealed that he spoke in the manner that brought more doubt to his authorship of the letter purportedly transmitted to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.”"In view of the above, we are convinced that he could not have authored the purported letter transmitted to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

Be that as it may, we the undersigned members of the State House of Assembly have unanimously resolved in our meeting that the deputy governor upon whom power was earlier transmitted to by the State House of Assembly still remains the Acting Governor of Taraba State and will continue to act in that regards until such a time the Governor is capable of administering the State”With the ongoing development, security operatives have been again deployed to mount surveillance in the nooks and crannies of the state so as to halt various groups who are now threatening to cause chaos inthe state from carrying out their threats.

This report was prepared by our reporter in Jalingo

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