Suntai’s trip abroad stalled as aides reportedly hold on to his travel documents

by Oge Okonkwo


There has been a delay to fly out the ailing governor of Taraba state, Danbaba Suntai overseas for further medical treatment as moves by the state government are being  slowed down due to the travelling passport of the governor which is reportedly in the possession of two of his top associates who have refused to release it.

However, strong indications of plans to impeach the ailing governor and his deputy, Garba Umar, to make way for the  Speaker of the State Assembly to preside over the conduct of the 2015 election emerged yesterday.

It was also learnt that the wife of the governor had accepted to have her husband flown out for further medical treatment but Suntai’s associates were said to have held on to the passport after repeated requests were reportedly made by the family.

Vanguard Newspapers reports:

According to a source, the development was said to have created a sharp division between the family of the governor and his associates who were quoted as telling the governor’s family that further treatment abroad for the governor would undermine the larger political agenda which the governor’s group were at the moment pressing for.

The source said that the non-availability of the passport has also affected the out of court settlement entered into in a case against the state assembly by the ailing governor, even as the same forces which are in possession of the passport as gathered were also said to have ordered that the family should not negotiate the transfer of power with the acting governor.

It was gathered that the said associates were provoked by the cordial relationship between the governors’s family and acting governor and were plotting to impeach both Suntai and Umar, the acting governor. Sources disclosed that the plan was to make the speaker an interim governor to instal a governor from the Southern zone of the state in 2015.

Meanwhile, the Taraba Transition Assembly has taken a swipe at Senator Emmanuel Bwacha for declaring his gubernatorial ambition at a time there were challenges on how to secure further treatment for his close friend, Governor Suntai.

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