By Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo
The Taraba State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the machinery of government was working ceaselessly despite the absence of Governor Darius Ishaku from the state.
The PDP said this in a statement issued in Jalingo, the state capital and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Inuwa Bakari, adding that state executive meetings were being held as expected and Governor Ishaku recently held a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria and world bank officials in Abuja.
While devrying the call by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Taraba State on the state House of Assembly to compelled the governor to transmit power to his deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu, the PDP said, “The Taraba State House of Assembly members are patriotic democrats who are committed to the progress of the state and can not be enmeshed in the wishful thinking of a few absentee politicians.
“We want to call on the APC in Taraba to stop sowing seed of discord in the state as well as trying to make issues out of nothing.”
Governor Ishaku was last seen in the state on December 22, 2019 after presenting the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the state House of Assembly.
The governor who was said to have travelled out of the country for a medical trip, has since return to Abuja.
Worried by the absence of Ishaku from the state and his continued stay in Abuja, the Taraba State chairman of the APC had at the weekend called on the members of the state House of Assembly to do the needful by compelling the governor to transmit power to the deputy, Engr. Manu.
The APC had said, “The governor’s continuous stay in Abuja where files are flown to Abuja for signing, using tax payers money, is unreasonable. It is unreasonable for the governor to continue to be away in the midst of daunting security and economic challenges facing the state.”
The party which said the governor was away from the state for nearly two months threatened to explore legal action to compel the governor to return to the state if the state House of Assembly fails to comply with necessary constitutional provisions.