Group Warns Gov Buni Against Creating Political Crisis, Rejects APC’s Purported Moves To Take Over Taraba Assembly

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Yobe State Governor, Mai Mama Buni

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

The Taraba Concerned Citizen Forum has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC), National Caretaker Committee Chairman, and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, of plotting to create a political crisis in Taraba State with his alleged financial inducements of some members of the State House of Assembly to join his party, APC.
Addressing a Press Conference in Jalingo on Sunday, the group’s Coordinator, Comrade Munsur Mukaila Jirgi, said that the alleged ‘heavy financial’ inducement of some PDP members in the Taraba state house of assembly to decamp to the APC and ensure the APC emerge majority in the Assembly remains a major threat to the political peace of the state.
He called on Mallam Mai Mala Buni to stay clear of Taraba State and it’s House of Assembly, urging him to focus on developing his own state, Yobe, and uniting his party APC.
Jirgi said that the residents of the state are totally against any change of the leadership of Taraba state house of assembly or “any political interference by Mai Mala Buni who is desperate to ensure his party, APC capture Taraba state through the back door instead of the constitutional process.”
“Just this weekend, the media space was agog with a purported plot to impeach the Speaker of Taraba State Hon Joseph Albasu Kunini and the Governor of this state. The alleged involvement of Mallam Mai Mala Buni is a major source of concern to us.
“It’s evidently clear that Mallam Mai Mala Buni has been doing everything possible to break the political history of Taraba state, this must not affect the peace, unity and political stability enjoyed in Taraba State under Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku,” the group said.

The group called on all political actors within and outside the state to concentrate on building a new Taraba.

“This is not the time for dangerous politicking. Its time to develop Taraba State. All hands irrespective of political and personal interest must be on deck to achieve these.
“This plot is simply to destabilize the steady progress being made by Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State amid difficult circumstances in the state and the federal government through its various projects in place despite the battle against COVID-19 and lean financial resources to tackle developmental projects.”
Full Press Statement BelowTaraba Concerned Citizen ForumBeing text of a Press Conference on recent political developments in Taraba State by the Taraba Concerned Citizen Forum, in Jalingo on Sunday  

On behalf of the  Taraba Concerned Citizen Forum, we want to  welcomes you to this Press Conference on recent and trending political developments in Taraba State.We are a civil society group that believes in promoting good governance and political stability in Taraba state. Our group also promotes peace and unity, empowerment of people among others.Our group is primarily interested in the development of the state and it’s political stability to ensure our little resources are not wasted away on the altar of unnecessary political bricking.Now, with recent information in the public space of a plot to cause political crisis in Taraba state by some political actors both within and outside Taraba State, delivery of dividends of democracy might suffer some neglects.It is evident that both the federal and state governments are doing alot of projects in the state and any attempt to plunge the state into a political crisis with the planned forceful change of leadership in the state House of Assembly will distract  the state development plan in progress, thus we hereby  state as follows: 1.We are calling on all political actors in the Federal and state government, captains of industries both within and outside the state to concentrate in building a new Taraba. This is not time for dangerous politicking. Its time to develop Taraba State. All hands irrespective of political and personal interest  must be on deck to achieve these. 2.We acknowledged and appreciate the various projects embarked upon by Federal Government and state government such as ;a. -Mambila power projects, Kashimbila power plant and construction of Ibbi Bridge, Jalingo-Kona-Lau-Karim/Lamido roads, Jarma-Bashar-Zirang-Karim/Lamido roads respectively by the federal governmentb. The dualization of the Jalingo city gate including flyover in roadblock, Pantisawa road, Kurmi roads among others by the Taraba State government is highly commendable. We however demand for more in other sectors for the people of the state. c.  We are calling on the Federal Government to urgently intervened in the abandoned Jalingo-Numan road and Ibbi-Wukari road as the contractors of those project are not up to standard with manner of the delayed in handling the roads
3.We are totally against any change of the leadership of Taraba state house of assembly or  any political interference by the APC interim national caretaker committee chairman and the Governor of Yobe state Mai Mala Buni who is desperate to ensure his party, APC capture Taraba state through the back door instead of constitutional process. Just this weekend, the media space was agog with a purported plot to impeach the Speaker of Taraba State Hon Joseph Albasu Kunini and the Governor of this state.
d. The alleged involvements of the Chairman APC National Caretaker Committee and Yobe State governor,  Mallam Mai Mala Buni is a major source of concern to us. It’s evidently clear that Mallam Mai Mala Buni has been doing everything possible to increase the membership of the APC we believe this should be done in accordance with the law. His mission to break the political history of Taraba state must not affect the peace, unity and political stability enjoyed in Taraba State under Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku. e.  The report of ‘heavy financial’ inducement  of some  PDP members in the Taraba state house of assembly  to decamp to the APC and ensure the APC emerge majority in the Assembly is a major threat to the political peace of the state. However we observed that the members in the State Assembly have  been deafening silent on this development. f. Another action that give legitimacy to the report is the political silence of major political actors in the state mentioned in the story and at today some have denied their personal involvements, none has come out to deny that the plot does not actually  exist. 
4.Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, going with the above political Grugru in the Taraba state, this plot is simply to destabilize the steady progress being made by Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State amid difficult circumstances in the state and the federal government through its various projects in place despite the battle against Covid 19 and lean financial resources to tackle developmental projects.
5.We call on Mallam Mai Mala Buni to stay clear of Taraba State and it’s House of Assembly; he should focus on developing his own state Yobe and uniting his party.
6. At this point of our state, Tarabans irrespective of political alignments and interests need to support the leadership of Governor Darius Ishaku and his administration for our people to reap more dividend of Democracy than allowing themselves to be used as tools in the hand of political merchants who want to score cheap relevance by causing political rift between the State Assembly and the Executive at the detriment of the people of the state.
Comrade Munsur Mukaila JirgiCoordinatorComrade  Tijjani LawanSecretary

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