Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, will contest the 2015 governorship election in the state and will shock a lot of people with his level of grassroots support and political strategies, his Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Goje, has said.
Goje, who expressed confidence in his boss’ ability to sweep the poll come 2015 in an interview, noted that the acting governor has continued to win the acceptance of the people by the day, adding that the swelling crowd of people, who mill around him in recent times, was a testament to his growing popularity in the state.
The aide said Umar is still taking his time to plan things well and equally wait in compliance with INEC’s approved timetable before he hits the ground running with his campaign, adding that the acting governor has so far been able to prove his capacity to govern the affairs of the state especially his ability in managing the ensuing political and communal crises as well as prudent management of state resources.
“His background is from the private sector; anybody who has worked in a company such as UTC must be a good manager. If you can manage resources well, you can equally manage people well, so I believe when he becomes a substantive governor of Taraba State, Tarabans are going to see wonders”, he said.
On the call for zoning of the governorship position to southern zone of the state, Goje said it was not enshrined in the constitution but based rather on mutual understanding, and called on the people to shun religious and ethnic sentiments and go for someone who will bring peace and development to the state.