Encouraged by the support he is receiving from state House of Assembly, Taraba Acting Governor, Garba Umar, yesterday, counteracted Governor Danbaba Suntai’s decision to dissolve the State Executive Council.
The Acting governor in a statement to the citizens of the state, asked them to ignore the dissolution of the State Executive Council by Suntai claiming it was illegal and of no effect and that it was masterminded by a cabal bent on hijacking and destabilizing the ‘administration of the day’.
Furthermore, the acting governor has instructed all banks in the state where the state government maintains accounts, not to honour any instrument of transaction that does not emanate from him or his authorized agents.
The acting governor said that the move was to prevent the looting of the state by unauthorized persons, who want to exploit the situation in the state for their selfish interest.
The statement said:
“To this end, the bankers of the Taraba State Government are reminded to note that all financial instruments relating to the State Government’s accounts should be honoured only if they are in tandem with the provisions of the law, in which case, must contain: Verifiable signature of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, his Excellency Governor Danbaba Suntai or verifiable signature of the Acting Governor of Taraba State, his Excellency, Alhaji Garba Umar, Acting for the Executive Governor.
“Members of the public are advised to disregard yesterday’s (Wednesday) announcement of the purported dissolution of the State Executive Council and the appointment of a new SSG as well as the Chief of Staff.
“The announcement is a mere attempt by a cabal to hijack the machinery of governance in the State and not a directive that was given by the Executive Governor, his Excellency Danbaba Suntai.
“The Acting Governor of Taraba state Garba Umar is reassuring the good people of Taraba State that substantial progress has been made in the ongoing discussions to resolve the misunderstandings of the past few days, since the return of our leader, his Excellency, Gov Danbaba Suntai from the United States.
“His Excellency the Acting Governor is happy to note the high sense of patriotism and the brotherly manner with which Tarabans have been viewing and handling the developments, urging us all to sustain this in the coming days and weeks.
“His Excellency, the Acting Governor, however, wishes to remind all Tarabans that a moment like this calls for greater restraint and vigilance.”
On Wednesday the governor had announced through one of his media aides, Mr. Sylvanus Giwa, that the Exco had been dissolved and that all the appointees should hand over to their permanent secretaries with immediate effect.