By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
Worried by desperate move by some politicians to edge out his ‘godson’ from office, former Defence Minister, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, may have begun serious moves to save Governor Danbaba Suntai’s job.
Danjuma on Thursday morning flew into Jalingo and held a closed door meeting with Suntai, who has remained incommunicado since returning from an overseas treatment on August 25, 2013.
A source close to the meeting between Suntai and Danjuma confirmed to Saturday Vanguard that the visit by the former Defence Minister was to assure the Governor that the Uzodinma Committee report would not stand. The well-placed source hinted, “Danjuma’s visit had to do with the dissatisfaction of the people of the state with the Hope Uzodinma’s funny political arrangement, which makes many of the people of the state dissatisfied with the diarchal contraption proposed by him.
“No one is happy with Uzodinma’s clout and we are certain that Danjuma will use his strong connections with the Presidency to swing support in favour of Governor Suntai.
“Danjuma actually came to Jalingo to confirm how well Suntai was doing and he is satisfied that he has sufficiently recovered to take over the mantle of leadership because even the Presidency is not comfortable that two governors are running one state,” the source said.
Convinced that Suntai cannot give his best given his current medical state, members of the Taraba House of Assembly had on Monday mandated the Deputy Governor, Garba Umar, who has been acting in the past ten months, to continue.
The seven members, who met briefly on the floor of the House, were led by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Tanko Maikerfi, and adopted the position earlier canvassed by both the leadership of the House and representatives of Taraba State in the National Assembly.
At the plenary, the members reasoned that Suntai was too feeble to be saddled with the onerous task of leading the state and pleaded with him to return to the United States for further medical attention while his deputy continues to hold fort for him.
The members noted that Garba’s acting would continue until Suntai was strong enough to take over the mantle of leadership. But in spite of the intervention of the PDP fact-finding mission, the Senator representing Taraba South, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha, and a close ally of Suntai, had maintained that members of the House of Assembly should respect the position of the law regarding the letter transmitted to them by the Governor.
Bwacha said the lawmakers had no power to do anything outside the confines of the law and should therefore allow Suntai to resume work without any encumbrance.