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“I Accept Your Call to Run For Senate”; Ishaku Tells Southern Taraba Group

“I Accept Your Call to Run For Senate”; Ishaku Tells Southern Taraba Group

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku standing alongside the State PDP Chairman, Col. Kefas Agbu (rtd) and others during their visit to call on the governor to contest the seat of senate in southern zone.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku standing alongside the State PDP Chairman, Col. Kefas Agbu (rtd) and others during their visit to call on the governor to contest the seat of senate in southern zone.

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has accepted the call on him by the Southern Taraba Women and Youth Coalition, (STWYC) to run for the Senate in the 2023 general elections.

The governor who spoke while receiving a mammoth crowd of the group at the state’s executive council chambers, government house Jalingo said he was humbled by the decision of the group as it shows how appreciative they were on his efforts in developing the state.

According to him, after his first foray into politics in 1999 was foiled by some self-serving politicians who rigged him of that year’s senatorial primaries, he decided to return to practice his profession, while bidding farewell to politics.

He said that little did he knew that God had something different for him in the offing, when to his astonishment, he was nominated as a Minister of the Federal Republic and from there he became governor.

“As a son of divinity, I rely on God for directions in my life. When I went to contest for senate and was rigged out, I choose to stay away from politics, but God has his own plans.

“I became Minister when I lest expected and it was God that made me governor, I never planned for it,” he said.

“So you can see that again today. The little effort that we have been putting in developing our state, you people are showing tremendous appreciation and I believe it is the same reason why you’re asking me to continue to provide leadership by contesting for senate”.

He maintained that he will not disappoint the people of Southern Taraba as well as the entire state in remaining period of his administration as he was poised to continue to provide the desired leadership to move the state forward.

“On these premise, therefore, I have accepted your clarion call to run for senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023, God’s willing, he declared.

Earlier, the state’s Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Lt. Col. Agbu Kefas (rtd), told the Governor that he had call from the group last week that they were in Jalingo with a message for his Excellency and that they were not ready to leave town until he linked them with the governor.

Leader of the coalition and member representing Ibi in the state’s House of assembly, Hon. Lawan Mohammed, who presented the clarion call told the Governor that it was payback time from the people following the development strides of the governor in the State.

According to him, there was no better way of saying thank you to the wonderful work the governor did in the state apart from rewarding him with the ticket to the Senate.

Gov. Ishaku Appoints Chairmen of Commissions, Others

Gov. Ishaku Appoints Chairmen of Commissions, Others

His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved the appointment of Obadiah Ando as Chairman of Fiscal Responsibility Commission.

A Statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Iliya Bekyu Akweh says members of the Commission are Mohammed Malami Isah Northern Zone, Iliya Agabi Southern Zone and Kaura Manasseh Ade Central Zone.

Governor Darius Ishaku has also approved the appointments of Chindo Isah as Commissioner Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission TSIEC to replace Mohammed Bade, Regular Manga, Samuel Luka as permanent member House of Assembly Service Commission.

Other Members of Governing Boards approved by Governor Darius Ishaku are Post Primary Schools Management Board which has Solomon Dominic Nzinang as Chairman, Mark Samari Zing, Salihu Gidado Yakubu Yorro, Hayatu Audu Gashaka, Musa Daniel Donga and Gani Agbuban Takum.

The Statement adds that Shata Mohammed Jen is the Governing Board Chairman of College of Agriculture Jalingo.

Other Members are Richard Tenke,Abubakar Sani Mafindi,Solomon Maiyaki Ndaforo,Aishatu Audi and Surveyor Sabo Usman.

In a related development Governor Darius Ishaku has approved the appointments of additional Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants in the State.

The Special Advisers are Zakari Kamai, Rapheal Mallum, Idi Marley Danfulani, Emi Bila, Virginia Baba Bambur, Sani Marke, Napoleon Adamu, Augustine Joshua Gomu, Simon Loh, Yahaya Mohammed, Reverend Luka Jauro Dogo, Hajara Emmanuel Pajo and Habu Dalla.

Others are Umar Yusuf Alluran Gari, David Usman Enoch, Christopher Kashomba, Bashir Bakari, Denis Mazang, Polycarp Sama, Iliya Wewe, Umaru Yusuf and Reverend John Simon Jatutu.

Senior Special Assistants are Salisu Adamu, Sani Umar Juku, Mutanzir Habibu Liman, Danladi Habibu, Zubairu Mohammed Ubandoma, Jamil Mohammed Auwal, Abdulmumini Umar, Moses Ade, Mohammed Ibrahim Dinga, Ahmed Ibrahim, Aliyuda Yakubu Balutu, Bobbo Bendu, Daniel Yusuf, Ishaya Garba, Balanko Gediel, Mustapha Yusuf Gangwari and Yusuf Hammanjoda.

It adds Aliyu Audu, Mohammad Chindo, Yunusa Sarki, Emmanuel Yusuf, Josiah Jonathan, Ibrahim Umar, Adamu Jauro Jalo, Maryam Pius, Hamamatu Abdulmumini, Hammanjulde Samari Gayam, Urbanus Garkuwa, Victoria Innocent, Yakubu Mutari, Emmanuel Black Serti, Babaji Samari, Dogo Usman, John Lawan Watin, Asicus Kovoroba, Bobzom Bello and Umaru Lezuya Gana.

Others are Gamuga Eli Gbana, Silas Inusa Jibu, Tanimu Andokari, Rebecca John, Danladi Mazang, David Moses Balkon, John Ben Kwapsoni, Emily Jediel Zubairu, Cosmas Zorai, Aminu Sani, Thadeus Sani, Usman Bobbo, Audu Marafa Mafindi, Sonji Pascalis, Titus Elisha, Kamai John Paul, Hassan Umar Kona, Hajia Kano Aishatu and Shatu Shuiabu.

Special Assistants include Dominic Adamu, Danladi Bello Bakari, Waziri Husseini, Mohammed Julde, Shetima Mamman Ali, Cephas Zakka, Mustapha Musa, Mahmud Audu, Shuaibu Baba, Dahiru Tonga, Kefas Adata and Umar Ahmad Nyam.

The statement maintains that all appointments take effect from February eight, twenty twenty one.

Taraba Needs Peace; S.A Political to the Governor Chides APC Chieftain

Taraba Needs Peace; S.A Political to the Governor Chides APC Chieftain

Alh. Abubakar Bawa

Alh. Abubakar Bawa; SA Political to the Executive Governor of Taraba State.

Reacting to audio allegations against the Executive of Taraba state, Arch Darius Dickson Ishaku, Alh. Abubakar Bawa, the SA political to Governor Darius, reaffirmed that the Governor was elected by the citizens of Taraba state.

He countered accusations made against the Governor by an opposition party Chieftain in the state, who alleged among others that, Governor Ishaku has done nothing good in the state. Earlier in his Christmas message, Alh. Ardo Jika, a former Ambassador of Nigeria to Trinidad and Tobago, accused the Executive Governor of Taraba state and his government.

In a swift reaction, Alh. Abubakar Bawa, the SA Political to the Governor of Taraba, said, the APC Chieftain is not a member of the state House of Assembly and has not been in the state for a while now. The Governor don’t need to seek permission from him before he travels for any function.

Alh. Bawa further stressed that, on the issue of Covid-19 palliatives, Alh. Jika knows nothing about the palliatives in Taraba state.

“The Covid-19 committee set up in the state when the Federal government brought covid-19 palliatives involved; All Progressive Congress political party (APC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), representatives of conference of political parties, security agencies and civil society groups. The committee which was headed by the Deputy Governor of the state ensured that, all the palliative items were distributed evenly before the unfortunate #EndSARS looting.” He said.

Alh. Bawa added that, those items looted during the #EndSARS protest were Taraba state government items, which the former Ambassador is not aware. He urged the party Chieftain to be sure of his source before using whatever information available to him.

Alh. Bawa went ahead to correct the wrong impression about sourcing of loan in the state. He observed that, it is routine in the country for the government to collect loan. He queried the understanding of the party Chieftain whether the Federal government was wrong to collect loan or is there any government that is above sourcing of loan?

According to the Governor’s aid, the people of Taraba state made their choice by voting Arch. Darius as their Governor and are working with his government.

On the ongoing dual lane road construction and flyover in Jalingo, the Governor’s aid said that, the APC Chieftain just returned from abroad, however, he will not understand what is going on in the state. He called on the Chieftain to allow the people to bear their minds regarding the project.

Alh Bawa further said, the state government is doing well as there is no any questions regarding the administration of the day in the state. In a more objective way, he said, the party Chieftain should not double into what he has not idea about and stop making efforts to incite the peaceful citizens of the state.

He called on the APC Chieftain to contest for the seat of the Governor, if he is not satisfied with the administration of the Governor.

Recalled that, a group of Concern Citizens of Taraba earlier reacted to the audio allegations of the Chieftain, the group called on the security agencies at all levels to put the party Chieftain on their watch list. The group said, his utterances are inciting trailing on religious, ethnic and communal lines.

Gov. Ishaku Congratulates Godwin Obaseki On His Victory at the Polls

Gov. Ishaku Congratulates Godwin Obaseki On His Victory at the Polls

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has congratulated Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on his victory in the September 19, Governorship election in the state.

Governor Ishaku described the victory as an acknowledgement of the good job the governor had rendered to the people of the state in his first tenure.

Governor Ishaku also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, for providing the level playing field that led to the credible results delivered in the election.

He commended the entire Edo people for demonstrating a lot of maturity by their peaceful conduct during and after the elections and by so doing disappointing those who had predicted that Edo State would be engulfed by crisis during the exercise.

Bala Dan Abu,
Special Adviser to the Governor
(Media and Publicity).

Gov. Ishaku of PDP Finally Defeats Prof. Yahaya Sani of APC at Supreme Court

Gov. Ishaku of PDP Finally Defeats Prof. Yahaya Sani of APC at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today upheld the victory of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku in the March 9th 2019 governorship election in Taraba State.

The lead Judgement was read by Justice Ejembi Eko who held that the All Progressive Congress (APC) Taraba State has no locus standi first of all because they went into the 2019 General Elections without a candidate among other electoral requirements.

Justice Eko held that a candidate who did not participate in an election can not be allocated with votes and can not also be declared a winner.

He further declared that all votes cast for APC during the 2019 elections was void, invalid and wasted votes.

The court finally declared Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku as the winner of the March 9th 2019 Governorship elections with the highest number of lawful votes in compliance with the provisions of the electoral act.

X Raying Gov. Ishaku’s Electoral Victories in Taraba

X Raying Gov. Ishaku’s Electoral Victories in Taraba

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has since 2015 maintained a strong electoral victory in Taraba State despite sustained challenge from opposition parties. Our reporter xrays the Governor’s electoral wins

Governor Darius Ishaku had in 2015 despite the wind of change that blew across the country which saw many states of the federation controlled by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), falling to the opposition All Progressive Party (APC) won in Taraba with a clear margin at the poll.

The election which ran into a runoff further consolidated the Governor’s win. Sen. Aisha Alhassan then challenged the victory up to the supreme court which ended the battle by declaring Gov. Ishaku as the validly elected by the people of Taraba.

Despite the distractions occasioned by the court battle and the security challenge and other plethora of challenges inherited by the governor, Ishaku’s focus on uplifting the State was not shaken as he embarked on people’s oriented policies and programmes.

The people of Taraba spoke again through the ballot on March 9th 2019, they went to the poll and re-elected him for another term of four years.

The margin was even more wide and clear this time as the Governor polled 520,432 votes to beat his closest rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi, who polled 362,735 votes.

Ishaku won 12 out of the 16 local government areas in the state with a margin of 157,69 votes.

Sani Abubakar and APC not satisfied with the outcome of the election approach the tribunal to challenge victory, but the tribunal sitting in Abuja nullified the petition brought by the All Progressives Congress challenging the election of Governor Darius Ishaku.

The court on Friday September 20th said the APC’s petition was not brought by competent applicants, since the first petitioner, Abubakar Danladi, had been disqualified by successive judgements from appearing as a candidate for the APC in the March 9 election.

The court also ruled that the allegations of election malpractices brought by the APC did not include sufficient evidence to warrant a nullification of the election.

Alhaji Sani Danladi and his party had accused the PDP of massive election rigging.

The APC also alleged that it had polled a majority of lawful votes in the election.

But a three-member panel of the Court on Friday said the decision of various courts including the Supreme Court which ruled against the candidacy of Mr. Danladi in the elections following an intra-party dispute, had rendered the petition incompetent.

Even though the judgement of the tribunal was without ambiguities, the APC without Sani Danladi headed to the Appeal Court which again threw out their case against the Governor.

The panel of justices of Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday November 18th upheld the return of Darius Ishaku as Governor of Taraba State.

The court in a judgement also dismissed the appeal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for being incompetent and lacking in merit.

The APC had approached the Court of Appeal marked CA/A/EPT/934/2019, on October 3, 2019, in petition No: EPT/TR/GOV/01/2019, for an order setting aside the decision of the tribunal.

The party had among other things claimed that Ishaku did not win a majority of votes cast at the election on account of alleged irregularities that marred the governorship poll.

The party therefore prayed the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the tribunal and ordered the INEC to conduct a fresh election.

But delivering judgment in the appeal, the five-man panel of the court in a unanimous decision upheld the judgment of the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which also dismissed the APC’s petition for being unmeritorious.

Presided by Justice Chidi Uwa, the Appeal Court agreed with the lower tribunal that the appellant had no lawful candidate in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Taraba State, by virtue of the disqualification of its candidate by the Jalingo division of the Federal High Court on March 6, 2019.

The court in addition said that the appellant was also unable to prove allegations of irregularities raised in its petition and accordingly dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

Reacting to the judgement, Elder John Mamman said the people of Taraba voted the Governor back to the office to continue with his good work in the State.

“The mandate was not stolen but freely given. The people of Taraba are happy with the Governor’s achievements despite challenges facing the State and voted for him overwhelmingly.

“Some of the basic things if you would like to know are things like payment of salaries and pensions which are done regularly unlike most states in the country that are not able to pay salaries.

“And with the meagre resources that is left after the payment of salaries, pensions and management of crisis and other challenges he has been able to channel these resources to development projects.

“Now we can boost of good water supply, he has been able to stabilize water in Jalingo and most of the urban centres in the state. Most of the rural areas now boost of boreholes and people are no longer complaining of water related diseases and that has reduced rate of diseases in the state.

“In the area of road construction; three roads are going on. We have the Pantisawa road in Yorro Local Government, the Mararaba Baissa road is ongoing and the Wukari –Tsokundi road in Wukari is equally going on.

“The one in Wukari suffered a small set back because of the crisis there. In education he took the school from less than 30 percent to 70 percent, we are about the highest in the north and 4th in the country, so I think we in Taraba can boost and said our Governor has done very well,”he said.

Some residents of Taraba who spoke to our reporter lauded the judgement of the appeal court saying it will give the Governor a breathing space to face the task of governance in the State.

Alhaji Mohammed Manu a resident of Gassol told our correspondent in a telephone interview on Monday that the decision of the Appeal court was a vindication that Gov. Ishaku’s victory was willingly given by the people of the State.

This is even as Tikon Paul from Kurmi local government said the appeal court judgement will give the Governor opportunity to face governance and deliver dividends of democracy to the people of the State.

In Jalingo, Hajiya Rekiya Adamu and Shaukani David both of Kona ward hailed the appeal court ruling describing it as watershed.

“The judgement of the appeal court today is a clear indication that APC and its candidate in the 2019 Governorship election had no case against the Governor

“The good thing is that the Judgement will end the legal battle against the Governor in respect to the last election, he will now have a good time to face governance and deliver better service to the people of Taraba,” one of the residents said in a text message to our reporter.