Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th June and Wednesday 1st July, 2020 as public holidays.
This was contained in a press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa.
It states that the holiday is to enable civil servants in the state to travel to their respective wards and vote during the forthcoming local government elections.
It also states that the governor urged people of the state to be orderly, law abiding and conduct themselves peacefully while discharging their civic responsibilities.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has again thanked Tarabans for the trust bestowed on him to rule the state for the second term.
Reacting during the court of Appeal judgement which affirmed him as the winner of the last gubernatorial poll in the State the Governor promised to initiate more life touching programs to the people.
He said though the judgement did not come to him as a surprise attributing it to God Almighty who has seen him through the polls, tribunal and the court of Appeal.
The Governor prayed for peace to be still in all parts of the country.
Commenting, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan who was a candidate of the United Development Party UDP said the court has spoken according to the law.
She congratulated Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, his deputy Haruna Manu and Members of her party PDP for the victory.
The Former Minister of Women Affairs and social development saluted the courage of the APC and called on them to support the present administration.
On his part, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Victor Bala Kona maintained that the APC did not have valid candidate before the Governorship poll in the state.
He stated that PDP will protect their mandate even if the APC decided to go to the supreme court.
Efforts to speak with the APC Representatives prove abortive as they left the court scene early after the verdict.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed today’s election till next week Saturday due to insufficiency of election materials.
This decision was made after an emergency stakeholders meeting at the INEC headquarters in Abuja late on Friday.
Addressing the newsmen shortly after the meeting, Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmud Yakubu said the commission regrets the inconvenience caused by the shift in the date.
He said, “the commission met on Friday to revisit its preparations on the elections and it found out that proceeding with the polls is not good now.
“The commission has postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections till Saturday 23rd of February 2019 and governorship and state assembly till 9th of March, 2019”.
He however said it will meet with other stakeholders today at International Conference Centre at 2pm Today.
It seems there is an attempt to sabotage elections in Taraba State. Two ugly developments point in that direction. Two hours after the arrival of INEC sensitive materials in Jalingo, distribution is yet to start.
The other is that ad hoc staff are being asked to pay their own transport fare to their places of deployment. They are saying they don’t have the money to do so. And so nothing is happening. Time is 6.55pm on the eve of the elections.
The Chairman, Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission, TSIEC, Dr. Philip Duwe has attributed the success of the recently concluded local government election, held on the 25th of February, 2017 to the massive sensitisation embarked upon by the Commission.
TSIEC Chairman, Dr Philip Duwe
Dr. Philip Duwe said this recently while fielding questions from Journalists on the peaceful conduct of the local government election, saying that, the Commission embarked on a wide range of consultations, which included the stakeholders, the non-governmental organizations, the Media and the traditional institution and with a resolve to do the right thing which will project the state in good light.
The TSIEC chairman maintained that, the Commission was resolute that all votes must count and people must be allowed to come out and exercise their franchise, stressing that, the early dispatch of election materials was carried out 72 hours before the election day to their respective destinations, beginning from local government to the ward levels and the polling units, with a strong warning to those trained to ensure that they operate within the ambit of the electoral law.
He said no human activity is perfect, explaining that only God is infallible and stated that power is transient, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
He said the Commission relied on the consciences of the staff to guide them aright “so that we will be able to do what is acceptable to all Tarabans in order to project the state in good light and to uplift the status of states Independent electoral commission across the country”.
Speaking on the issue of the cancelled election in Ibi Local Government Area, Dr. Philip Duwe lamented that Ibi case was purely based on animosity and called on people of the state to always settle their grievances using the right channel and not to use election period to cause untold hardship to innocent citizens, appealing for consideration to issues that are not related to election.
The Chairman appreciated the people of the state for the incredible support accorded him, which he said it culminated into acceptable results across the state and assured that he would ensure that the processes in the future election would be conducted in a more transparent manner.