- Governor Darius Ishaku has been reportedly out of Taraba for 80 days without compelling reasons
- The governor is said to be in T.Y. Danjuma House, the official lodge of Taraba governor in Abuja, since December 23, 2019
- All government decisions and appointments are reportedly decided in Abuja, raising concern about the health of the governor
Darius Ishaku, the governor of Taraba, has been absent from the government house in Jalingo for 80 days as he reportedly oversees the affairs of the state from his home in Abuja.
The governor was reported to have left the state capital for T.Y. Danjuma House, the official lodge of Taraba governor in Abuja, since December 23, 2019.
According to Daily Trust, Governor Ishaku is yet to return and his absence from Jalingo has put the government activities on slopeside as matters related to government including cogent decisions are taken in Abuja.
Government officials including commissioners and permanent secretaries are said to always be in the Federal Capital Territory to meet the governor on official matters, Legit.ng gathers.
The reports also claimed that Governor Ishaku recently approved the appointment of the 90 special advisers. The appointment, dated March 9, was passed from the Abuja residence of the governor.
The development has now reportedly led to trending rumours questioning the governor's state of health by the opposition party, though the ruling party in the state, Peoples Democratic Party, has always been justifying the governor's absence.
The speaker of the Taraba Assembly, Joseph Albasu Kunini, could not give a reason behind the action. He, however, attributed the insinuations linking the governor's absence to health ground to the handwork of 'unpatriotic persons' bent on bringing Ishaku into disrepute.
In the same vein, the state chapter of PDP, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Inuwa Bakari, justified the governor's absence, saying all activities of the state are going as expected.
PDP said the hue and cry generated by Governor Ishaku's absence is the handwork of the opposition APC.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the presidency has dismissed reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari was attacked in Kebbi state on Thursday, March 12, when he went to declare open the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president media and publicity in a statement explained that while the president was taking photographs with farmers at the event, a young man was so very excited to see the president so close that he made an attempt to get to him.
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