(Codewit) The camp of Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State yesterday accused factional chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, of siding with dissidents in the state and warned to resist any injustice against the governor.
President Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP and a retired General from the Middle Belt are said to have launched a peace initiative to stop the state from sliding into chaos after the governor sought to regain power following his return from medical treatment in Germany and the USA and the resistance by Deputy Governor Garba Umar and Speaker Hassan Tsokwa to cede power.
They believe the governor has not yet fully recovered to perform his constitutional duties and should return abroad for rehabilitation.
The governor has already dissolved his cabinet and appointed a new Chief of Staff and Secretary to the State Government, a move the deputy governor said was made by a cabal bent on hijacking power.
However, in a statement on behalf of Suntai camp yesterday, his associate and the immediate past commissioner for information, Mr. Emmanuel Bello, said to Tukur:
“As he moves to wade into the Taraba crisis, he must make the nation’s constitution his guide.
“The country is guided by our constitution, and we cannot afford to be lawless.
“The people perpetrating illegality are those saying they have no regards for the constitution.
“The speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, has said he is not interested in what the constitution provides. In his rejection of Suntai’s letter, he keeps saying as far as he is concerned, he is entrenching a strange thing in our national life.
“I believe he hasn’t read the constitution. If he has, he doesn’t understand its provision.”
And to factional chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the Suntai camp said: “If Tukur takes side in the ongoing imbroglio, we shall vehemently resist him.
“We also deny in the harshest terms Tukur’s assertions that Suntai is running a government by proxy” and accused the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, of trying to run a parallel government by countering and questioning Suntai’s dissolution of the state cabinet.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Muslim Council in Taraba yesterday called for peace in the state in the wake of the political impasse.
The religious leaders held a meeting in Jalingo and resolved that they would not allow the political crisis affect the cordial relationship between adherents of the two religions.
They advised politicians not to exploit the situation to disunite Christians and Muslims resident in the state.
They said they are also praying for the crisis to be over soon.
Present at the meeting were: Chairman of the Muslim Council of Taraba State, Alhaji Inuwa Mafindi and CAN Vice Chairman, Rev. Ben Ubeh.
Mafindi and Ubeh also appreciated the love and patience exhibited by Christians and Muslims for refusing to allow the political skirmishes snowball into a violent religious crisis.