The acting governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, has declared his boss, Govenor Danbaba Suntai, missing in a bizarre development in the ongoing power struggle engulfing Taraba state.
Governor Umar stated in an interview on Monday, that he had not set his eyes on Governor Suntai ever since he came back from the UK some weeks ago.
He narrated how he tried to connect with his boss as soon as he got back but all efforts to meet with him were abortive.
“Few of my aides and I were already at the domestic wing of the airport to receive my boss but, unknowingly to me, the cabal was already waiting at the international wing of the airport where the plane conveying my boss was directed to land. When I got to know that the plane landed at the international wing, I rushed to the place to receive him, but he was in a jeep which immediately drove him to T.Y. Danjuma’s lodge.” The acting governor stated.
He then called on citizens of state to eschew religious differences and work towards unity in the state.
“I thank God that this year’s Sallah was peaceful; peace has returned to some of the crisis areas in the state. I have also constituted a reconciliation committee to ensure that those who fled their homes because of crisis return,” he said.
He assured people of the state that his administration would continue to work to ensure that everyone enjoys the dividend of democracy.
However, a former commissioner for information in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Bello, told reporters that Suntai was not missing.
He explained that governor Suntai was doing well and would soon return to the state to continue his business of governance.
“Since our dear governor returned from his medical trip, he has been at the Governor’s Lodge, otherwise called T.Y. Danjuma House, located at Asokoro in Abuja,” Bello said.
He explained that the acting governor, was only waiting for this tenure to elapse, and that after the expiration of Suntai’s administration that brought him as deputy governor, he would pack his luggage out of Government House.