Barring any changes in Taraba PDP, the incumbent Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, remains the only candidate that would fly the party’s flag at the 2019 General Elections.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Governor, Abubakar Bawa, during a chat with our reporter in Jalingo, Monday.
According to the political aide, as far as the PDP was concerned, there is no other candidate apart from Darius Ishaku in the race and that the arrangement was that only the southern zone was eligible to produce candidates for the seat.
“For PDP, up till now, we don’t have any other candidate apart from Gov. Darius. The PDP has its formula and the formula is that the seat of governor is for southern Taraba. That is our arrangement and that is our formula. So nobody is going to contest from the Central or Northern zone. So far we have only Gov. Darius”, he disclosed.
He however clarified that “if anyone is willing to contest, we cannot say no because this is politics”.
According to Bawa, Gov. Ishaku has achieved much and that as it stands now “Tarabans are ready to vote for him”, come 2019.
Bawa described those aspirants whose posters seem all over Jalingo city, as fake. “In real sense they don’t have the money to even buy forms to contest”, he disclosed.
On the issue of security in the state as it affects 2019, Bawa described it as unfortunate and that there were some persons who are not interested in the peace efforts of the government.
He said, “there are so many persons that are not interested in seeing that peace reigns in Taraba State. There are so many devils and when they are doing their devilish work, you can’t say no to them”.
The political aide then advised the public to attempt to register and get their PVCs as that would make sure that they had “the mandate to choose whoever they want”.
Mr. Mellah Orngu – The substantive Clerk of the House
The Taraba State House of Assembly has sworn Mr. Mellah Orngu as the substantive Clerk of the House, after the retirement of the the former Clerk, Mr. Ukwen Tentason who retired in December last year.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Abel Diah read the letter from the House of Assembly Service Commission requesting the confirmation of Mr. Mellah Orngu as the substantive Clerk of the House during Monday plenary.
Diah after reading the citation of the Clerk put the question for his confirmation through a voice vote which unanimously got the endorsement of the house.
While congratulating the new Clerk on his confirmation as substantive Clerk after acting in the capacity for four months, the Speaker urged the Clerk to improve on the successes recorded by his predecessor.
Abel used the forum to call on the people of the state to be their brother’s keepers and work towards peaceful coexistence for the growth and development of the State.
The newly sworn in Clerk has been in the Taraba State House of Assembly as Deputy Clerk since the year 2000, a position he held until December last year when he was appointed Acting Clerk.
Christians in Taraba on Sunday converged at the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Secretariat in Jalingo in protest calling on the Federal Government to end the killings across the country allegedly being perpetrated by herdsmen.
The Christians who complied with the directive of the state chapter of the association to dress in black as a sign of mourning for those killed in various attacks including the killing of two Catholic Priests in Athanasius Catholic Church Mbalom in Benue State, called on the Federal Government to end the killings to avert another civil war in the country.
Some of the protesters carried various inscriptions such as “Buhari end the killings”, “Security agencies should act decisively against killer herdsmen”, “Enough is Enough”, “we deserve protection”,etc.
They however, promised to defend themselves with whatever means available should the Federal Government fail to end the killings.
Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Apostle John Aina in a presentation at the occasion, called on the Federal Government to arrest the killers and bring them to book.
According to him,
“The conspiracy of silence between the Presidency and the Security Chiefs has led the attacks to assume a new and dangerous dimension as the attackers have extended their attacks and killings to churches and murdering of anointed men of God.
“These killings must stop now, otherwise we shall do the needful. We are tired of the Federal Government sending condolence messages. We want action now.
“The attackers are not spirits. Why is it that nobody has been arrested despite the killings of hundreds of people in Benue, Taraba and other parts of the country?
“We are here to register our displeasure and condemn this conspiracy of silence of the Federal Government and the security agencies who are paid with taxpayers’ money to protect the citizens but are rather colluding with the terrorists to kill Nigerians,” he said.
The CAN Vice Chairman while condemning the conspiracy of silence in the face of the killings going on in the country, urged christians to be vigilant and protect themselves in the face of growing insecurity in the country.
Presenting the protesters message, wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Barr. Mrs. Anna Darius Ishaku prayed God to intervene in the needless and unfortunate killings.
“We pray God to intervene in the unfortunate situation we have found ourselves in. We believe that there is nothing God can not do, so we pray God to intervene in this very situation,” she said.
Our correspondent reports that thousands of christians converged at the CAN Centre in Jalingo for the peaceful protest which was conducted within the premises of the CAN center.
The National President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle had last week directed all Christians in the country to embark on a peaceful protest on Sunday April 29th to protest killings in the country.
For barely a week, Jalingo, the Taraba State capital has experienced epileptic power supply from the YEDC, as a result of a rainstorm which occurred last Tuesday leaving homes, institutions and electrical facilities destroyed.
In the wake of the rains which was accompanied by heavy eastern winds, were fallen trees, damaged roofs and fallen poles, although no life was said to have been lost.
Prominent among places affected were the Government House, The Deeper Life campground and the Taraba State University where the V.C said 40 percent of the buildings were affected.
Our Correspondent who was at the institution to assess the damage reports that so far, over 15 blocks were affected. They include: Faculty buildings, lecture halls, female hostels, departmental buildings, toilets, electric poles, laboratories, staff quarters, the VC’s lodge and the office of the Vice Chancellor.
According to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, the storm really caused havoc. His words: ”the incident is a natural disaster which cannot be controlled by man even as I thank God that no life was lost. 40 percent of our structures were affected including my office. You can see me hanging around the Faculty of Law before my office is fixed.
“I lost my valuables such as books and official documents. We intimated the State Government and that is why the Governor was here today to see things for himself. He came with his deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Anthony Jellason.
“The Governor has promised to effect repairs immediately. We are happy because he is a man of his words, we remain grateful to him because he has always been there for us. I pray God to bless him more and more”.
When contacted, the Director, Works of the University, Jerome Vakkai disclosed that the institution lost 10 electric poles and two high tension poles which were completely pulled down by the storm. He maintained that the management was making effort to fix damaged parts.
Addressing Staff and Students of the University shortly after the inspection, the Governor thanked the management and students for the warm reception accorded him promising to effect repairs on the damaged structures.
His Excellency inspecting the damage caused by the rainstorm at the University.
In his words,
”I want to thank you for your love and support to this administration, I sympathised with you over the death of some of your students who were involved in the accident in the republic of Cameroon. Yesterday upon arrival, I visited the hospital to see those on admission. We thank God that doctors are doing their best and they are responding to treatment.
“I have also gone round and seen the devastation done by the rainstorm, it is a major damage. I have quantified the damage and promise to intervene immediately so that students can go back to their lectures. I was told that some of them have started writing their exams and I wish them success”
In a related development, the YEDC offices in Jalingo were not spared by the rainstorm as both the head office and their branch office were badly affected by the storm.
Conducting our correspondent round their offices, the Area Manager, Helbert Rufus Hanawa, stated that their work station was affected damaging 7 computers, 2 giant printers and the most expensive inverter was affected too.
Hanawa also confirmed that over 70 poles of YEDC were affected by the wind storm, saying that Lau, Zing, Jalingo, Mutun-biyu road and Government House feeders were also not spared.
As at the time of filing this report, Hanawa said that they had already restored half of Mutum-biyu road, full restoration of Jalingo and 70 percent of Government House.
Our correspondent reported also that rain storms, accompanied by heavy winds are normal occurrences in Taraba State at the onset of the rainy season, perhaps due to its proximity to the Sahara and Cameroon Mountains.
It would be recalled that Just a week ago, Wukari, in southern Taraba, experienced an unprecedented rainstorm, where it was estimated that 340 homes were destroyed.
Governor Ishaku, accompanied by his Deputy, Engr. Manu, inspecting some of the structures affected by the rainstorm in the University after visiting the injured students at Specialist Hospital, Jalingo.
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku on Tuesday condoled parents, students, staff and management of the Taraba State University, Jalingo over the sudden death of three of its students who died during an excursion in Cameroon.
Gov. Ishaku conveyed his condolence message at the specialist hospital, jalingo when he visited some of the students involved in the accident who are currently receiving treatment.
While praying for the repose of the souls of the three students who died in the mysterious windstorm and for the quick recovery of the wounded, the Governor also prayed God to grant the parents of the deceased the grace to bear the loss.
It would be recalled that three students of the State University lost their lives when they were hit by falling trees during a rainstorm at the Bouba Njidda National Wild Life Park in Cameroon while on excursion.
The incident which occurred on April 16, involved 400 level students of the Biological Science Department of the University that embarked on a research trip to the neighboring Cameroon.
The governor proceeded to the campus of the State University in Jalingo where he inspected the level of damage caused by the windstorm on structures in the campus.
The Governor who was conducted round the structures affected by the windstorm in the university by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Vincent Tenebe promised to fix the damaged structures to enable staff and students of the institution have a befitting place for teaching, learning and research.
Ishaku who observed some architectural defects on some of the structures affected by the windstorm said the structures would be given professional touch during repair to avoid future occurrence.
Our correspondent reports that most of the structures affected by the windstorm were the ones constructed by the Tertiary Educational Trust Fund (TETFUND) intervention scheme.