The unending controversy surrounding the state of health of the governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, who was involved in a self piloted plane crash last October, has assumed a new dimension as his younger brother has been accused of allegedly impersonating the governor’s voice.
The allegation is coming on the heels of a statement issued Sunday, by the state Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Emmanuel Bello, that the governor was responding to treatment and doing exercises that would enable him regain strength for the journey back home.
However, it was reliably gathered that Suntai’s younger brother (names withheld), who is at the John Hopkins Hospital in the U.S with him as he recuperates, was the person making calls to people pretending to be the governor.
According to a source from the state Government House, “The younger brother to the governor, has the same voice with the governor. He is the one making the calls, pretending to be the governor. We met him with the governor when we accompanied the acting governor to see the governor recently in United States.
“Even before Governor Danbaba was involved in the airplane crash, there were several cases of impersonation against him. And now, he is impersonating the voice of the governor to deceive people pretending that it was the governor speaking, whereas, the governor cannot recognize anyone since he was transferred to the United States hospital.
“This is like the case of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, when his voice was manipulated and they claimed that he signed the supplementary budget. If they claim that the governor is responding to treatment, let them show Nigerians and indeed Tarabans, the video clips of his stay in the hospital. When people claimed that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan was sick and the President, Goodluck Jonathan visited his wife, a video clip was shown to Nigerians.
Speaking further, the source noted that, “We are not wishing Suntai to die, but let the acting governor, Umar show Nigerians, the video clip of his encounter with the governor.”
The source also added that “the truth would be made manifest when the Senator Hope Uzodimma’s committee set up by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will commence work and submit its report.”