By SONI DANIEL, REGIONAL EDITOR, NORTH & JOHN MKON
Jalingo — Recuperating Taraba Governor, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, has reconciled with his estranged predecessor in office, Rev Jolly Nyame, in a bid seen as trying to stop the acting governor, Garba Umar, from taking over from him.
Vanguard gathered that Suntai, who had fallen out with Nyame over some political issues, however, changed his mind and invited his predecessor for a birthday party in his house, during which they warmly embraced themselves and settled their differences.
Associates of Suntai, said he had waited for an opportuned moment to reconcile with Nyame, who fell out with him as a result of the latter’s attempt to dictate to him even after leaving office in 2007.
The political feud between the two was so fierce that Nyame was forced out of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and even his attempt to contest for a senatorial seat in the state was effectively stalled by Suntai.
Suntai, who acknowledged the truce with his predecessor, said in a state-wide broadcast that his reconciliation with Nyame was an act of God but did not give further explanation.
But Vanguard learnt that the decision by the two political leaders in the state to mend fences was taken to stop the acting governor, Garba Umar, from spreading his political tentacles further ahead of the next general election.
The duo reasoned that with their coming together to present a common front, it would be difficult for Umar to present a senatorial candidate from Nyame’s zone and win.
Nyame and Suntai are said to be opposed to Umar becoming the substantive governor of the state just as their loyalists are working round the clock to stop Umar from gaining more political visibility in the state.
Umar is alleged to be working hard to promote the senatorial aspiration of Ahmed Yusuf, who was a commissioner under Nyame and has been contesting as an opposition governorship candidate in the state for a long time.
However, the acting governor has repeatedly said that he is not working against Suntai’s interest since he brought him into political limelight.
“I have no reason to work against my boss, who brought me into politics,” Umar said through his aide, Kefas Sule.
“Whatever we are doing in this state is based on the masterplan put in place by Governor Danbaba Suntai and we cannot go against it,” the governor stated.