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The Taraba State deputy governor, Engr. Haruna Manu has noted with dismay the smear campaign being orchestrated, especially in the social media by some mischievous persons that Governor Darius Ishaku should handover to him as acting governor.

This was disclosed in a Press Statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Lawal Sani Kona.

According to the PS, Deputy Governor Manu has dissociated himself from such agitators and condemned their actions in the strongest possible terms.

The Statement noted that Engr. Manu was nominated by Governor Darius Ishaku to serve as his deputy governor in 2015 of which he served with all sense of humility and loyalty.

“Governor Ishaku also in his own generosity of spirit deemed it convenient to carry Engr. Manu along into the second term in 2019.”

“It is therefore, reasonably clear to all that deputy governor Manu enjoys the confidence of his boss and has followed through as a loyal subordinate which many adversaries of the administration are not happy with.”

“The unwarranted call by these mischief-makers is no doubt a ploy to cause disaffection within the administration in order to score cheap political goal. Their plans to instigate mistrust within the polity will definitely fail.”

“His Excellency, Governor Darius Ishaku has been discharging the responsibilities of his office creditably well.”

“Just yesterday, he hosted the inaugural sensitization meeting of the Mambilla hydroelectric power project and was also recently at the World Bank regional office where he sought the Bank’s assistance in the areas of development projects and programmes for Taraba State.”

“The strides recorded by the Ishaku administration are enormous.”

“These appreciable developments of various types across different sectors in the state are dividends of democracy that Tarabans will continue to enjoy under the rescue mission of Governor Darius Ishaku.”

“Rabble-rousers must therefore desist from attempting to distract the leadership or inflame the emotions of the good people of Taraba state.”