Taraba Deputy Gov Ignores Warning, Begins Moves for 2015
Ahead of the 2015 governorship election, the Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, has put set up a committee towards realising his ambition of taking over from his ailing boss, Mr. Danbaba Suntai.
In a recent advertorial, a group warned Umar, who is from the northern zone, to back down from his ambition, noting that this was against the aspiration of the southern zone.
The committee is headed by the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Barr. Musa Tende.
It is made up of prominent members of his cabinet from the southern zone in a move seen by political analysts to counter the power shift agitations.
Apart from Tende, other members on the pro-Umar team include Commissioner of Information, Ate Sale Kundu, Commissioner of Education, Danfulani Kwetaka, Barr. Sam Adda, and Rev. Emmanuel Godobi.
Others are Hon Ahidjo Musa, Zakari Adimbo, Apura Polycarp, Habu Magaji and Orchiv Orbee.
Special Adviser Media, Mr. Aaron Artimas, confirmed the development in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday.
He said the committee was waiting for signal from the Independent National Electoral Committee to swing into action
Tende would this weekend lead a team of top government officials to stage a rally in Takum in support of the governorship ambition of Umar. All members of the newly constituted team are officials in Umar’s cabinet from southern Taraba.
The committee has reportedly been charged to assemble 200 delegates from each local government area in the southern zone to attend a rally in which Umar would be declared the preferred candidate in the 2015 polls and also be mandated to counter any pro- power shift agitation.
However many prominent politicians from the southern zone have continued to insist on power shift to the zone in 2015 on the grounds that all the other zones had already produced a governor.