Taraba Governor threatened to remove traditional rulers, civil servants from office for supporting Buhari

Traditional rulers and civil servants in Taraba State are said to be under serious intimidation of Governor Darius Ishaku. The governor is a PDP man and said to be working for the Presidential bid of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in February 16 Presidential Election.

 Taraba Governor threatened to remove traditional rulers, civil servants from office for supporting Buhari

The allegation was made by the All Progressive Congress, APC in Taraba State. They claimed that the governor has been intimidating and harassing monarchs and civil servants to ensure that only candidates from the Peoples Democratic Party are elected.

The accusations were made by the state chairman of the party Barrister Ibrahim El- Sudi while briefing newsmen in Jalingo.

He alleged that the governor had assembled 53 traditional rulers in the government house in Jalingo a few days ago and directed them that they must ensure he and all contestants of PDP are elected in their domains.

He said the governor threatened to remove any royal fathers that allowed PDP to lose the election in his domain.

The chairman said such threats were also extended to senior state civil servants and local government staff.

According to him, the governor had also assembled senior civil servants at the exco- chamber in government house, Jalingo recently and handed down warnings that they must ensure the victory of PDP in the areas they are from or face sanctions.

He said APC viewed the governor’s actions as a desperate attempt to cause crisis in the state.

Reacting to the allegation, the Senior Assistant on media and publicity to governor Darius, Mr Bala Dan Abu said Governor Darius was not desperate to win elections, adding that he does not need to intimidate anybody to win elections.

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He said the government of Darius Ishaku had done so much for the people of the state, saying his performances will earn him victory at the polls.

Ishaku was previously the supervising minister for power, supervising minister for environment and the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs before he resigned to contest in the 2015 Taraba State gubernatorial election. He won the initial gubernatorial election and was elected Governor of Taraba State after winning the subsequent re-run election.

Darius won the 2015 election but was in a court battle with his opponent senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan who took him to court and after a series of cases Darius was the declared the winner of the governorship election in the state early this year, 2016.

The forthcoming election is between the President Muhammadu Buhari of APC and Atiku Abubakar of PDP, but the governor was accused of intimidating those supporting Buhari or any other APC candidates in the state.

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