Speaker of the Taraba state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Joseph Kunini on Thursday congratulated the state governor Darius Ishaku and his deputy Alh. Haruna Manu over Wednesday Supreme Court ruling which dismissed the appeal of the All Progressive Congress challenging the result of the last governorship election in the state.
The Speaker who spoke to our correspondent on the phone said that the victory at the Apex Court is a reaffirmation of the mandate of the people and prove that democracy is gradually taking deeper roots in the country with the judiciary enjoying relative independence.
Kunini said that with the distraction caused by the case permanently laid to rest now, the governor would focus his whole attention on delivering his rescue blueprint.
“Let me first of all congratulate the state governor Darius Ishaku and his deputy as well as the entire PDP family in the state over this huge victory at the apex court.
“For some of us, this is not coming as a surprise because it is clear all along that the people overwhelmingly gave their mandate to the governor and there is no way anyone can go round and collect this mandate through the back door.”
“The good thing is that this whole thing is now put to rest and the governor can once again focus his whole attention on delivering his rescue agenda blueprint without unnecessary distraction.”
“Let me also call on the people yo set aside political differences and join hands with this government to build a Taraba of our dream.”
“We have the potential to make the state the envy of the nation. All that is needed is for us to set aside our differences and work for the common good of the state rather than our individual or sectional interests” Kunini said.
On his part, State Commissioner of Youths and Sports Alh. Ibrahim Imam has described the Supreme Court victory of Governor Darius Ishaku and his deputy Alh. Haruna Manu as a victory for democracy and the entire people of Taraba.
In an interview with our correspondent in Jalingo, Imam said that the era of politicking is over and it is important for people to come together to develop the state.
Imam said that Taraba was for all and the good of the good was more important than any other interests and urged the people to give the governor the needed support to achieve the much needed development.
Mallam Isah Baba from Sabon Gari Jalingo, described the victory as God’s new year gift to the people of Taraba and called on all to support the Governor to succeed.
Our correspondent reports that there was wild jubilation in Jalingo the state capital following the news of the Apex Court ruling on Wednesday.
The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Joseph Albasu kunini visited his colleague, Rt. Hon. (DCN) Peter Abel Diah, the former Speaker of the Taraba state House of Assembly.
The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Joseph Albasu kunini visited his colleague, Rt. Hon. (DCN) Peter Abel Diah, the former Speaker of the Taraba state House of Assembly over the demise of his sister, Mrs. Margaret Peter Diah.
Speaking during the condolence, the Speaker described the death of Mrs. Margaret as a great loss not just to the family Of Diah but to all Members of the Taraba State House of Assembly.
Rt. Hon. Joseph explained that death is inevitable and prayed to God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Responding, Rt. Hon (DCN) Peter Abel Diah thanked the Speaker for identifying with him during their moment of grief and prayed to God to reward him abundantly.
Speaker, Taraba state House of Assembly.
Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah in the state on this memorable occasion and reminded everyone on the call by God to be one another’s keeper for the purpose of peaceful coexistence.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker in a press statement made available to AFRONET MEDIA said he is pouring his heart of greetings of love to all Muslim Ummah for this year’s Eid-El-Kabir being celebrated around the world, saying that it is a time of worship to God through the act of sacrifice.
According to him, the celebration is a symbolic and historic religious injunction that showcased the act of obedience of Prophet Abraham who was asked to sacrifice his only son, reminding the Muslim in Taraba to remain obedient to God’s bidding as they mark the Eid-El-Kabir.
The Honourable Speaker also enjoined the Muslim Faithfuls in the state to specially pray for the total development of Taraba and God through His gracious mercies will make the economy of the state to blossom.
“Remember that your worship is incomplete if you fail to understand that the Eid-El-Kabir is a time for forgiveness, generosity, sober reflection and sacrifice that will be dedicated to prayers for love and peace to thrive throughout our dear state and nation.” He said.
The Speaker, Abel Peter Diah of Taraba state House of Assembly commiserates with the people of Taraba state and the traditional council of the state, the people of Donga, family and associates over the death of His Royal Highness, Danjuma Stephen Bayonga, the Gara of Donga.
Diah who mourned that Bayonga is one of the respected monarch who believed so much in the unity and peaceful coexistence of the state, a man with high virtues of humility will be greatly missed at the time the state is in dare need of him.
In a press statement made available to our medium, the Rt. Hon. Speaker and the entire lawmakers of the state’s assembly condoles the governor of the state, Arch. Darius Ishaku, the traditional rulers, the people of Donga and the immediate family of late Stephen to have confidence that the revered traditional leader left a good mark of leadership that will be forever remembered.
He further said that the 81-year-old first class traditional ruler and retired policeman as a person, was devoted to the improvement of the welfare of people in his domain and lamented that Taraba and the entire nation has lost an advocate of Peace.
The Speaker prayed that the reposed soul of Baba Danjuma who was a founding member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) will find a special place in heaven to have an everlasting rest.