‘Power shift to Taraba South not negotiable’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba South has reiterated its “irrevocable stand” on power shift, insisting it is the zone’s turn to produce the next governor.
PDP chieftains in the zone made the resolve at a meeting held by the party’s local government and ward executives.
Southern Taraba geo-political zone comprises Ibi, Wukari, Donga, Takum and Ussa local government areas, including a Special Development Area, called Yangtu.
At the meeting in Takum, chaired by the Senator representing Taraba South, Emmanuel Bwacha, the arty’s zonal leaders said: “Power shift to Taraba South is not negotiable’’.
Former Speaker Istifanus Haruna Gbana (Takum II); Mark Useni(Wukari II); Daniel Ishaya Gani and ex-Information Commissioner Emmanuel Bello also spoke on the occasion.
The party noted that the state’s north and central zones have produced governors in the last 18 years.
It said Rev. Jolly Nyame (north) governed in 1992, 1993, and from 1999 to 2007, adding that his successor, Governor Danbaba Suntai would complete eight years next May.
Suntai have always advocated that the southern zone should be supported in its quest to produce the next governor. But sources said the Acting Governor, Garba Umar, is against power shift.
Senator Bwacha said the meeting was not organised to endorse him, but to remind the constituency and the party of their resolve on power shift.
“The stakeholders of southern Taraba will soon come up with a candidate to contest the 2015 governorship election. I am not the only one who indicated interest, so we are going to support whoever the stakeholders endorse.
“We shall support any candidate who is picked from the zone, irrespective of his ethnic or religious affiliation.
“The north and central zones have had their turn and it is only fair for other zones to support us, as we thrive to produce the next governor”.
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