- APC and PDP in Taraba state have been engaged in a war of words over the absence of Governor Darius Ishaku
- The Taraba state governor for almost two months has been in Abuja
- Ishaku was last seen in Taraba state on Sunday, December 22, 2019
Tension following the extended stay of Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku, in Abuja has led to a war of words between the PDP and APC.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor who was last seen in Taraba on Sunday, December 22, 2019, has been in the country’s capital for almost two months.
He was spotted last in public at the state House of Assembly on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the presentation of the 2020 appropriations bill.
Ibrahim El-Sudi, the chairman of APC in Taraba and Prof. Muhammad Yahaya, the party’s governorship candidate at a recent joint press conference in Jalingo threatened to take legal action against the governor, BusinessDay reports.
As at the time APC held its press conference, it was exactly fifty-four days of the governor’s trip to Abuja.
Governor Ishaku was also accused by APC of leaving the state for nearly two months without transferring power to the deputy governor, Haruna Manu.
PDP, however, in reaction to APC’s statement disagreed with the opposition party and described their words as an attempt to incite the citizens of the state against the governor.
Inuwa Bakari, the state publicity secretary of PDP in a statement said APC’s words against Ishaku were: “the sadistic intent with which the APC takes the issue of government in Taraba state”.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the election of Ishaku as the governor of Tarab state was affirmed by the Supreme Court.
In a unanimous judgement delivered by Justice Ejembi Ekwo, the court held that the counsel to the APC admitted that the party had no candidate in the election and therefore has no locus standi to contest the election of the governor.
According to the judge, the appellant conceded the fact and went ahead to suggest that the Supreme Court allow one professor to step into the shoes of the disqualified candidate.
In a related development, a non-governmental organisation, Connected Development (CODE), has commended the Taraba state governor for assenting to the State Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Bill before the stipulated deadline.
Chief Executive of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, responding to the news, stated that the Taraba government, including its House of Assembly, has proven itself as the people’s parliament by rebuilding residents’ trust in government institutions to deliver on improved public services.
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