The governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai who was in a plane crash at the Yola International Airport in Adamawa two months ago might be replaced soon, a news report claims.
According to the reports, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is considering to put another governor in his place because it is becoming clearer he is unlikely to recover from his head injuries and is still in hospital in Hanover, Germany.
According to one source, several party leaders including PDP chairman Bamanga Tukur, Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and Senate President
David Mark, have all visited the ailing governor and concluded that he could never recover from brain injury to run the state.
A separate delegation led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, failed to set eyes on the governor during an attempted visit two weeks ago as he had been moved to the intensive care unit and on life support. He and his four companions could only leave a get well message with Suntai’s doctors.
It is believed that Suntai’s personal doctor visited Nigeria and confided in family members and friends that the governor is unlikely to recover from his head injuries anytime soon but members of Suntai’s family have pressurized state officials to engage in propaganda that the governor is “making dramatic” improvements and speaking by telephone to some people in the state.
The source says none of the state officials have visited the governor in Germany since he was airlifted from Nigeria. Other members of his government who were hurt in the air crash have left hospitals in Germany and returned to Nigeria.
The state has been in turmoil and the absence of a serving governor has made it worse, three weeks before Governor Suntai’s plane crash, the Taraba House of Assembly impeached Deputy Governor Sani Abubakar Danladi following allegations of “gross misconduct” levelled against him by a judicial panel.
On October 5, Alhaji Garba Umar was sworn in as Deputy Governor after he signed an undertaking with the governor not to run as a candidate for governor in any elections.
On November 14, the House of Assembly, invoking Section 190(2) of the Nigerian Constitution, empowered Umar to act as governor.
With the party performing poorly in many states and at the centre, the PDP is anxious not to lose Taraba to other political parties.
A source at the presidency said the party has been mandated to make formal announcements after the holiday seasons regarding the status of Suntai.