Associates of Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai are perfecting plans to reinstate him to office despite his health challenges.
Suntai returned into the country on Saturday night, in activities shrouded in controversy and reports have it that he is expected to arrive Jalingo tomorrow and is being prepared to appear before the state House of Assembly on Wednesday.
Part of the plans also include plot to impeach his deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar , who is currently acting as the state governor. Sources said
Members of the state House of Assembly which is currently on recess, are expected to reconvene today, (Monday) under matter of public urgency, to discuss a letter received from the state executive council last week, demanding that a medical panel be constituted to ascertain if Governor Suntai is fit to return to office.
Peoples Daily gathered last night that Governor Suntai is expected to shock the lawmakers by appearing in the Assembly chamber tomorrow (Tuesday).
A source in the Suntai camp said the cabal has got the endorsement of President Jonathan to return to office, after much pressure from TY Danjuma.
A 35-second video posted on Sahara reporters, shows Governor Suntai struggling to answer questions from a group of journalists in Abuja.
The video indicates that nothing really may have changed in the health condition of ailing Taraba state governor; however, his associates have said he’s now fit to resume office.
He was received by Mr. Darius Ishaku, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Rev. Jolly Nyame, a former Taraba governor, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha, Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, among others.
Ishaku told newsmen that the governor was in good health, adding that he could now take over the responsibility of governing the state.
“Taraba state will heave a sigh of relief following the return of the governor. I am excited, he just addressed us and expressed his joy to be back home; l will like to add that his health is a miracle,’’ Ishaku said.
Also, Nyame said that Suntai’s mental alertness indicated that he was capable of taking over the affairs of the state.
“It is obvious that the governor can recognise everyone here, which shows that he is mentally alert and lucid. He just addressed the press; but the last time he didn’t, which shows that he can take over as the governor,’’ Nyame said.
Suntai, who was received by his associates in Abuja upon his arrival from the United Kingdom, his latest effort to seek medical attention outside Nigeria after a plane he piloted crashed in 2012.
Our source said the ‘cabal’ packaging the return of the governor to office, for which he has been incapacitated to occupy since 2012, played a fast one on friends, well-wishers, the acting governor, Umar Garba and the media, all of whom were waiting for his arrival at domestic wing of the Nnamdi
Azikiwe International Airport, in Abuja.
Instead, the chartered plane landed at the International section, with the cabal, led by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, reportedly whisking him away, leaving a reception party led by acting governor, Umaru Garba, perplexed and confused.
A bewildered press crew and the acting governor drove frantically in a convoy out of the airport towards Abuja city centre as soon as information reached them the ailing governor had been smuggled out of the airport.
Suntai was reportedly later driven to the guest house owned by General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, in Asokoro area of Abuja, where he was allowed to have the ‘failed chat’ with reporters.