Taraba Peoples Assembly TPA, has alleged plans by loyalists of governor of Taraba, Dairus Ishaku to humiliate and punish his major contender for the PDP ticket, former acting governor Garba Umar UTC.
Recall that Taraba State Election Petition Tribunal, Saturday, sacked Governor Darius Ishaku from office. The Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar-led tribunal said it was satisfied that Ishaku was not validly nominated by the PDP to contest the election.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos , Coordinator Taraba Peoples Assembly TPA, Martins Andekin said Governor Ishaku’s camp are blaming Garba Umar and other PDP delegates for their misfortune at the election tribunal.
Andekin said those privy to a meeting held to review the outcome of the tribunal ruling which had in attendance some Senior Advocates of Nigeria SANs and chieftains of the PDP agreed that the ruling might be set aside for a fresh election.
Andekin noted that the meeting believed that if a fresh primary election is conducted with the PDP delegates, Governor Ishaku might not get the party’s ticket.
“We were told that Governor Ishaku emphasized in the meeting that with Garba Umar UTC on ground his chances of winning any PDP primary are very slim, stressing the important need to dislodge UTC and the PDP delegates.
“The meeting resolves that Garba Umar must be humiliated and punished for insisting that he did not partake in the PDP’s primary election and prevented from taking part in any primary election against him,” Andekin said.
Also speaking at the briefing, a chieftain of PDP in Taraba State, Mallam Ahmed Bala said the PDP delegates are strongly behind the former acting governor should a fresh primary election be conducted , “UTC will come out victorious against Governor Ishaku.”
Ahmed alleged that the plan is to force UTC out of the party and prevent him from taking part in future primary should need arises.
Andekin alleged also of plans to harass the former acting governor with anti corruption agencies using phantom petitions.