The Deputy Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Tanko Maikarfi has declared that Governor Danbaba Suntai is incapacitated and too I’ll to govern the state.
The Deputy Speaker explained that this informed the decision of the House to ask Suntai to return abroad for medical care and for the acting governor, Umar to continue in office.
Speaker of the House of Assembly had announced this afternoon a resolution by members that Governor Suntai return abroad to continue his medical treatment as he was not yet well enough to return to work.
The Speaker announced the decision at a press briefing after a meeting of members of the House who had visited the governor Wednesday night.
The Speaker also said that the House decided that the acting Governor, Garba Umar should continue in that capacity until a time when Suntai is fit enough to take over the affairs of the state.
In an exclusive telephone interview with icirnigeria.org after the press conference, Maikarfi said that 16 out of the 24 members members signed the resolution to ask the governor to go back to conclude his treatment.
“A total of 16 out of 24 members signed the resolution the our principal should finish his treatment and that the acting governor should continue to manage the affairs of the state,” he said.
Maikarfi who said he was speaking from the Government House where the acting governor operates from, disclosed that members of the House decided that Suntai was not well enough to govern the state after a visit to him on Wednesday night.
“I can tell you what they do not want us to say, that the governor is incapacitated. He cannot walk, he cannot stand and cannot address anyone for more than three minutes,” the Deputy Speaker stated.
He added that the House only performed it’s constitutional responsibility decision its decision had been transmitted to both Suntai and the acting governor
Reminded that the governor been shown in a video where he purported addressed the state,Maikarfi dismissed the video, maintaining that anyone who saw Suntai would have no doubt that he was too incapacitated to handle the affairs of a state.
A video Of Suntai swearing in a new cabinet was released on Wednesday. It shows the governor as very frail and in need of rest. He was barely able to speak audibly or shake hands with people.
Suntai also scarcely wore a smile throughout the video and looked pitifully tensed and uncomfortable.
The dissolution of the Taraba state cabinet was announced on Wednesday by the special adviser to the governor on media and publicity, Sylvanus Giwa.
Apart from sacking the cabinet, the governor also removed the secretary to the state government,SSG, and appointed Timothy Gibon Kataps in his stead.
Similarly, the former Chief of Staff was replaced with Aminu Jika, who is handling the position for a second time.
Meanwhile, the acting governor has dismissed the dissolution of the cabinet insisting that he is still in charge of the state’s affairs and would continue to discharge his duty in that capacity until told otherwise by the State Assembly.
“I am waiting to hear from them. As I speak to you, if the assembly tells me to revert to the position of deputy, I will comply,” Umar said.