Prove You’re Fit To Be Governor – NBA, Activists To Suntai

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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and activists have urged Taraba State Governor Danbaba Suntai to prove he is fit to resume duties.


The NBA spoke during its Annual General Conference in Calabar, Cross River State capital.

It said the controversy over the governor’s health status is capable of creating constitutional and political crisis in the state.

NBA said reports that there were “pseudo-governors” in Taraba should be cleared once-and-for-all to restore the people’s faith in governance.

NBA President Okey Walli (SAN) said: “The governor should address the House of Assembly. If he does not address the House, then it means he is not there.”

Kaduna-based civil rights activist Mallam Shehu Sani yesterday urged the governor’s friends and political associates to save him from the stress of governance and allow him have proper medical attention rather than foist him on the state.

Sani, in a statement, said the drama was shameful, adding that the state was unfortunately in the grip of power hungry and desperate people hell-bent on plunging it into deeper political crisis.

He said: “The unfolding political drama in Taraba State is nothing but a show of shame. Taraba State is in the grip of a power hungry and desperate cult hell bent on plunging the state into deeper political crisis.

“Governor Suntai’s alleged letter written to the House of Assembly through the Majority Leader makes no sensible meaning. Mr Suntai did not formally write when he was flown out of the country in October last year, and as such he should make a physical appearance before the House of Assembly to confirm and validate his return.

“Mr Suntai cannot take back his seat until and unless he convenes and presides over the state executive council meeting. The dissolution of the Taraba Executive Council by ‘Suntai’ is nothing but a scripted handiwork of parasites and cronies profiteering from the plight of Governor Suntai.

“Governor Suntai deserves all the medical attention needed to return him to good health, but not at the expense of the stipulations of the constitution and the rule of law. The desperation to cling on to power by Governor Suntai’s gang stands unreservedly condemned.

“Carting an ailing man from the hospital bed to the seat of power for political gains is inhuman and ungodly. Suntai needs health recovery not power recovery. He needs bed rest not power nest. I call on Governors David Jang and Gabriel Suswam of Plateau and Benue states to act responsibly and help in ensuring that due process of law and the letters of the Constitution are applied in Taraba. Those who claim to be friends of Suntai should not force an ailing man on the people of Taraba.

“The impasse in Taraba is hatched and sustained by ethnic irredentists, religious bigots and merchants of crisis whose interest and evil designs will be jeopardised by the needed honourable exit of Suntai.”

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) advised Suntai to reveal his real health status.

The group, in a statement by its Chairman, Comrade Zik Ibrahim Ezurike, described the situation in Taraba as “shameful”.

The statement reads: “As much as we sympathise with the family of the governor and the good people of Taraba State over the unfortunate event that led to his present predicament, TMG believes it is unethical to shield necessary information details concerning the governor’s health from the public most especially the people that elected him to office.

“We are therefore encouraged by the Taraba State House of Assembly’s position and other concerned parties who have risen to the political challenge by kick starting the process leading to ascertaining the true health status of Mr. Suntai to determine his capacity whether to continue in office as governor or otherwise.

“We urge the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to save Nigeria from actions or inactions capable of causing the country another untold embarrassment as witnessed in the case of the late President Yar’Adua by ensuring that rule of law prevails.

“We call on Nigerians to resist and condemn in its entirety any attempt by the ruling class at taking us through the memorable perilous course of governance by surrogates which is contemptuous to the principle of democracy and rule of law.

“We call on Mr. Danbaba Suntai to follow laid down democratic tenets in his efforts to reassume office, if he knows he is fit enough, by accepting the resolution of Taraba State House of Assembly which called on him to address it.”

A human rights group, the Committee for Democracy and Rights of the People (CDRP), yesterday demanded the governor’s medical records.

The National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Saka Waheed, at a news conference in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, said the governor should declare his health status for the people of the state to know if he was fit to resume duty.

He said the governor contravened the provisions of the 1999 Constitution by being away for 10 months and not keeping the people abreast of his health status.

He said: “The illegality of politics of Suntai’s politics of absence is synonymous with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which we experienced during the last days of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua. The trend of events in Taraba State in the past few months has been of tremendous concern to all progressive elements in Taraba in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

“Since the unfortunate plane crash involving Suntai, the executive administration of the state has been a toy in the hands of a cabal who believes that the fate of the state and its residents must be theirs.”

He said Suntai was not fit to discharge the functions of his office since October 25, last year when his plane crashed in Adamawa.

“While it was very clear that he suffered brain damage in the accident and could not recognise anybody, the cabal in Taraba State and PDP seem hell bent on refusing to allow the Deputy Governor perform the functions of the Governor and would rather run the government of Taraba aground in a manner reminiscent of the latter days of President Yar’Adua in office,” he said.

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