The attention of the Taraba State government has just been drawn to excerpts of an interview which Hassan Ardo Tukur, Nigeria’s ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago granted the Sun newspaper recently. As usual, the ambassador spoke like a person in a perpetual blindfold, exhibiting the traits of one who can neither see nor hear well.
That’s probably the reason he got all the issues wrong.
ON THE TIV/JUKUN CRISIS
Ambassador Tukur never knew that even though Gov Darius Ishaku was abroad when the crisis broke out, his deputy, Engr Haruna Manu was on ground and jointly presided over a stakeholders meeting which helped in dousing the crisis. But Tukur twisted the facts to achieve his purpose of blackmailing Gov Ishaku by creating the impression that the Governor did not care.
The spread of falsehood is the usual trait of the All Progressives Congress and its leaders in Taraba State and so it is not surprising that Ambassador Tukur took to lying in order to impress the party’s dwindling ranks of followers.
THE VISIT OF SENATOR HAJIYA JUMAYI ALHASSAN TO GOV. ISHAKU
This visit is probably the cause of Tukur’s political diarrhoea. It has further put him and the APC in disarray.
The APC can continue with their politics of permanent bitterness and exclusiveness which saw their house collapsing like a pack of cards.
The Ishaku administration is people-centred and has its doors widely opened to indigenes of the state willing to make a contribution to the development of the state. It remains resolutely committed to the promotion and sustenance of peace among the people of the state and would not be distracted by the blackmail antics of the likes of Ambassador Tukur.
Bala Dan Abu
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity
THE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA HAS DISMISSED THE APPEAL FILED BEFORE IT BY THE APC GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE IN THE MARCH 9TH, 2019 TARABA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION CHALLENGING HIS DISQUALIFICATION BY THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT, JALINGO.
A five man Panel of the Supreme Court of Nigeria sitting in Abuja today the 5th day of July, 2019 and composed of The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Tanko Mohammed JSC, Mary Peter Odili JSC, Olukayode Ariwoola JSC, Paul Galumje JSC and Uwani Abbaji JSC have dismissed the Appeal filed by Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi the purported APC Governorship candidate in the 2019 Taraba state Governorship election which challenges his disqualification by the Federal High Court, Jalingo.
The Supreme Court dismissed the Appeal for being incompetent and failing to meet the requirements of the law.
Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi was disqualified from contesting the 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state on the 6th day of March,2019 by the Federal High Court, Jalingo presided over by Honorable Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam.
However, on the 7th day of March, 2019 the Court of Appeal sitting in Yola and composed of Chidi Nwaoma Uwa JCA (Presiding), James Shehu Abiriyi JCA and Abdullahi Mahmud Bayero JCA granted an interim stay of status quo in favour of Sani Abubakar Danladi which enabled him to stand for the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state. The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola subsequently and still composed of the above mentioned Justices later heard the Appeal of Sani Abubakar Danladi on the merit and struck out the Appeal for being incompetent on the 3rd day of may, 2019.
Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi further Appealed to the Supreme Court against the judgement of the Court of Appeal which Appeal the Supreme Court have struck out/dismissed today for being incompetent and failing to meet the requirements of the law.
EFFECT AND IMPLICATION OF TODAY’S SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT AGAINST ALHAJI SANI ABUBAKAR DANLADI.
1. The judgement of the Supreme Court against the Appeal of Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi today the 5th day of July, 2019 means that the Judgement of the Federal High Court, Jalingo which disqualified Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi from contesting the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state still subsist and has full effect because as it stands now; the Federal High Court judgement have not been altered nor set aside by the Supreme Court which is the highest court in Nigeria.
a. As it stands today, it is deemed by the law that APC had no candidate in the March 9th Governorship election held in Taraba state.
b. Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi (Sani Contact) was not the candidate of APC in the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state.
c. Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi never contested the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state against Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku; and Sani was not recognized by APC as their candidate. He is neither recognised by INEC as a candidate for APC during the election.
d. Every vote cast (Score) for Sani Abubakar Danladi and APC in the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state was a colossal was and amounted to nothing.
EFFECT OF THE JUDGEMENT ON SANI ABUBAKAR DANLADI’S PETITION AGAINST GOVERNOR DARIUS DICKSON ISHAKU OF PDP PENDING BEFORE THE TARABA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL SITTING IN APO HIGH COURT, ABUJA FCT.
1. The Petition of Sani Abubakar Danladi and APC against Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of PDP pending before the Taraba state Governorship election Petition Tribunal sitting in Apo High Court, Abuja FCT is now rendered incompetent and amounts to a mere academic exercise before the law.
The reason why the Petition is incompetent is because by virtue of the Federal High Court judgement that disqualified Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi from contesting the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi was never a candidate of APC nor any other political party in the said election; and since “ONLY A CANDIDATE THAT CONTESTED AN ELECTION UNDER THE PLATFORM OF A POLITICAL PARTY HAS THE RIGHT UNDER THE NIGERIAN LAW TO FILE A ELECTION PETITION AGAINST ANOTHER CANDIDATE OR POLITICAL PARTY” Sani Abubakar Danladi by reason of his disqualification by the Federal High Court, Jalingo is deemed by the law as having not contested as a candidate in the said Governorship election; and Sani’s party APC is also deemed by the law as not having/sponsoring a candidate in the said election; therefore, Sani Abubakar Danladi and APC do not have the right nor Locus Standi to file election Petition against Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and PDP in an election that Sani and APC did not participate in.
Sani’s election Petition at the Tribunal is now a huge waste of time, energy and resources.
The Petition is now at the mercy of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and PDP because any moment Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku makes an application to the Tribunal seeking the dismissal of the Petition for being incompetent and vexatious; the Tribunal SHALL grant the application and dismiss Sani’s Petition because Sani and APC are not qualified to sue the Governor and PDP at the Tribunal since Sani and APC never participated in the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state.
EFFECT OF THE JUDGEMENT ON ALHAJI SANI ABUBAKAR DANLADI’S POLITICAL CAREER AND FUTURE.
Sani Abubakar Danladi destroyed himself and committed political suicide by presenting a questionable WAEC certificate to INEC and lying on oath in his form CF001 before the 2019 election about his age.
By virtue of the judgement, Sani Abubakar Danladi is finished politically and morally. Sani now stands a chance to be sent to prison should the appropriate and relevant investigative and prosecutory institutions in Taraba state receive his documents in their table. Lying on oath in INEC form CF001 and using a WAEC certificate that does not belong to him to obtain political benefit are both criminal. The Muhammadu Buhari administration frowns at corruption and crime. Professor Sani Yahaya of APC in his sworn affidavit before the Federal High Court, Jalingo provided all the needed clues and evidence for relevant authorities to investigate, prosecute and jail Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi (A.K.A. Sani Contact to Contact). This is time to contact the prison.
The Taraba state government is also under a heavy moral and legal obligation to do the needful by raising a GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER recognising the judgement and thereafter Gazette/Publish same in the official Gazette of the state; and this shall imply that Sani Abubakar Danladi shall not be qualified to contest for; nor hold any political office from the date of the Gazette to a period of ten years. Taraba state government do not have a choice in this regard except to Gazette the judgement else the government will be accused of aiding and abetting crime.
The story of Sani Abubakar Danladi Alias Contact to Contact just began.
After a review of the security situation in parts of Jalingo and Ardo Kola Local Government Areas of Taraba State which experienced crisis recently, His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved that the current curfew imposed on Jalingo town and other affected areas should now start from 9pm and end at 6am daily until further notice. This means a three-hour reduction in the time previously covered by the curfew.
Governor Ishaku also ordered a ban on the movement of Keke NAPEP in all the areas covered by the curfew between 8pm and 6pm daily until further notice.
He directed security agencies in the state to ensure strict enforcement of these new directives on security in the state.
Bala Dan Abu
S.S.A to the Governor.
Text of Press Conference on the Position of the PDP on the Unfolding Events Relating Illegal Invasion and Violent Attack on the Residence of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku by Police Operatives.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been following with keen interest the unfolding events relating to the illegal invasion and violent attack on the residence of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Ishaku, by Police operatives, who claimed to have been detailed by Presidential authorities.
Nigerians can recall that at the wake of the attack, on June 11, 2019, allegedly led by one Police DSP Edwin Oruakpa, the PDP charged the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately get to the root of the matter, expose the actual forces behind the invasion and their real intentions, as well as to bring all the culprits to book publicly.
The PDP however states in clear terms that it is not satisfied with the manner with which the Federal Government is handling the issue. Already the poor handling of the matter is now sparking off suspicions of a creepy ploy to suppress facts and divert public attention from the questions surrounding the unlawful assault.
That invasion, as you all are aware, is in direct violation of the Governor’s immunity under the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), prompting many Nigerians to point to no other motive other than a deliberate and calculated attempt to intimidate and hurt the person of the Governor of Taraba state, Arc. Ishaku.
This is especially as the invading operatives had ferociously stormed the residence, threatened the occupants with AK 47 rifles, violently broke the entrance doors, manhandled the governor’s son and carted away valuables belonging to the governor and his son, after finding nothing incriminating in the residence.
The poor handling of the matter is already heightening apprehensions in the public space that the invasion was primarily designed to setup, frameset upriminate and smear the image and popularity of the Governor of Taraba state; as part of the larger plot to harass, hassle, intimidate, persecute and distract PDP elected officers and bring them to public opprobrium.
There are already fears that the invading operatives may have planted incriminating items or even compromised the security architecture of the residence to facilitate a sinister plot.
The PDP is therefore worried that the Federal Government and the Police are yet to provide answers and come clean on this matter.
The questions are: who ordered the unlawful invasion of the residence of a sitting state governor in violation of his constitutional immunity? Under what powers was the invasion ordered and what was the real motive?
Furthermore, what are the response of the Federal Government and the Police in guaranteeing the safety of Governor Darius Ishaku and his family members? Who is in custody of the valuables carted away from the residence by the invading operatives? Who takes responsibility for the damage caused to the residence of the Governor?
Until these questions are answered, the PDP and the people of Taraba state will continue to hold the APC and the Federal Government responsible for the invasion or should any harm suddenly befalls Governor Darius Ishaku, members of his family, officials of his government or officials of our party in Taraba state.
Nigerians across the board are all aware of the schemes by the APC to drag down Governor Darius Ishaku before and during the last governorship elections but for the overwhelming popularity he enjoys a, among his people due to his unprecedented achievements and developmental projects that touch directly on the wellbeing of the people of the state.
For emphasis, the people of Taraba state have elected Governor Ishaku as their governor and they stand solidly behind him. The APC and its agents should therefore a, therefore,o continue in his good works in the state.
Moreover, instead of this fixation on Governor Ishaku, the federal authorities should direct its energies in finding solution to the security challenges and persistent bloodletting ravaging Taraba and other states of the federation.
The APC administration should end its wild goose chase on PDP elected officials and focus its energy on confronting and routing the marauders, invaders, bandits and kidnappers, rs who have been pillaging our citizens.
Furthermore, now that nothing incriminating has been fohadin Governor Ishaku’s residence, can the federal authorities also proceed to search the residents of APC leaders, who have been accused of stashing stolen money in their houses as well as secret bank accounts within and outside Nigeria?
Can they also proceed to invite or search the residences of members of the cabal at the Presidency as well as former ministers in the Buhari’s administration, who as state governors have allegations of stealing public funds still hanging on their necks?
The PDP invites Nigerians to note that despite series of corruption allegations against the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole while serving as the Governor of Edo state; he has not been invited for questioning by the police, neither has his residence been searched by any security agency.
Besides, the Federal authorities has taken no steps to search any property belonging to an APC governor of one of the states of the North Central, who was accused of smuggling in and stockpiling military equipment ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Our party, therefore, urges the security agencies to note that their allegiance must stand with the law and the people of Nigeria. They should therefore r, therefore, pts by the APC and its agents to use them for its selfish agenda as in the case of the invasion of the residence of Governor Darius Ishaku.
Let it be known that the PDP and, of course, the people of Nigeria solidly stand with Governor Ishaku and all our elected officers as they operate above board in their commitment towards the welfare of Nigerians.
Our assurance is that our elected officers at all levels will never be intimidated or cowed to relent in their commitment to the people of Nigeria in line with the manifesto and ideology of our great party.
National Publicity Secretary
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemns in totality, the invasion of the Abuja residence of Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku, by police operatives alleged to have been detailed by Presidential authorities.
This was contained in a Press Statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stressing that the invasion was unlawful, provocative and cannot be justified under any guise whatsoever.
The PDP insisted that such assault on a governor’s residence was a direct attack on the nation’s democratic order and must not be swept under the carpet like previous invasions of residents of some PDP elected officials under the domineering All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
“Our party holds that the invasion of Governor Ishaku’s residence is criminal and in total violation of the spirit of the immunity clause under the 1999 Constitution (as amended); a desecration of the sanctity of the government house and a rude assault on the sensibility of the people of Taraba state and Nigerians in general”.
The PDP invites Nigerians to note that such invasion of the resident of an elected state governor is a direct pointer that our democracy is under attack by anti-democratic forces that seek to subvert the rule of law, foist a siege mentality on the citizenry and ultimately destabilize our nation for their selfish political gains.
The PDP therefore calls on the Inspector General of police to immediately fish out those behind the invasion and unravel their intensions.
The party also urges the police to beef up security around Governor Ishaku and his family members as well as take steps to forestall a repeat of such unwarranted attack.
The PDP however charges Governor Ishaku and all other officials elected on the platform of the party to remain undeterred in their commitment in serving the people despite the intimidations, harassments and distractions by the APC-led administration.
Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah (DCN)
The announcement which was made by the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah (DCN) revealed that Hon. Charles Maijankai, member representing Karim 1 was unanimously nominated by the PDP caucus to serve as the Majority Leader while Hon. Captain Douglas N. Yayaha, member representing Donga is to serve as the Deputy Majority Leader Donga of the 9th Assembly respectively.
The positions of both the Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip of the 9th Assembly went to Hon. Josiah John, member representing Wukari 2 and Hon. Hamman Adamu B. Abdullahi, member representing Bali 2 respectively who both came to the House on the platform of PDP.
Hon. Bashir Mohammed, member representing Nguroje on the platform of APC is to serve as the Minority Leader of the 9th Assembly.