Taraba: I didn’t say Suntai was missing -Umar

Taraba State acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar
  • … Why acting governor can’t see ailing gov – Senator Bwacha

From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

The Acting Governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Garba Umar, has debunked the reports making rounds that he said that ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai was missing.

Garba said he only told journalists that he was shielded from seeing Suntai when he came back from his overseas treatment.

The acting governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser, Media, Mr. Aaron Artimas, said he was quoted out of context.

Artimas said, “The acting governor held a Sallah diner with correspondents and before he started, he told them that he would not like to entertain any question on his boss. But they pleaded with him and told him that they would ask him soft questions.

“When they asked him a question about Danbaba, he told them that he was at the airport to receive him and actually sighted the ailing governor but he was shielded from Danbaba.

The acting governor did not, at any time, say that Danbaba is missing. This is a very serious interpretation, which will not be taken kindly.” Meanwhile, a top associate of Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai and Senator representing Taraba South, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha yesterday gave reasons why the acting governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, has not been allowed to see his principal.

Bwacha said the acting governor was not allowed to see the governor because he is plotting his removal from office. Bwacha who spoke with our correspondent in an interview said “When Umar is battling desperately to remove the governor from office, he  was denied access to Governor Suntai because he wasn’t loyal to him.”

He said its insane for anyone to claim governor Suntai is missing. “The Governor is in Abuja, hale and healthy, taking his time to study the situation and will soon move to Taraba and take over the

leadership of government in the state.

Umar, has said that he had not set his eyes on his boss, Governor Suntai, since he was smuggled into the country by a certain cabal, claiming he’s missing.

“Few of my aides and I were already at the domestic wing of the airport to receive my boss but, unknowingly to me, the cabal was already waiting at the international wing of the airport where the plane conveying my boss was directed to land.

When I got to know that the plane landed at the international wing, I rushed to the place to receive him, but he was in a jeep which immediately drove him to T.Y. Danjuma Lodge,” he said.

He added that the cabal, which surrounded the ailing Suntai, was holding him hostage in order to hold onto power to the detriment of his health.

 He called on citizens of state to eschew religious differences and work towards unity in the state.

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