THE Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Emmanuel Bwacha, has alleged that electoral officers drafted to Taraba State to conduct the just concluded congresses of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) allowed themselves to be used by the Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, to change the names of delegates.
Citing the way the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Ishaka Bawa, was allegedly harassed and manhandled by suspected thugs believed to have been hired by Umar, he vowed to fight to “protect PDP from being destroyed in the state.”
Bwacha who spoke to journalists yesterday in Jalingo, the state capital, also stated that the Taraba PDP chairman, Victor Bala Kona, was compelled to stay away from the state “as a result of threats to his life.”
“A lot of things are going wrong in the state, especially in the party.
It is sad that electoral officers are being cohered to fill the form in the Government House. Taraba is fast degenerating into lawlessness.”
“UTC (Acting governor) is trying to kill the party and no local government council is happy with what is going on. The acting governor would be called to order at the appropriate time.”
Bwacha, as observed by The Guardian, was one of the governorship aspirants from the southern part of the state that decided to step down for the consensus candidate from the area, Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Alleging decay of infrastructure under the leadership of Umar, he wondered why the electoral officers as well as the panel members for the congress allowed themselves to be taken to the Jalingo Motel.
He said: “I almost wept when I got to the Jalingo Motel. Yet, the committee that came from Abuja find the place secure to go and sit and conduct the congress.”
Corroborating Bwacha, the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Bawa, decried the manners the congress was conducted in the state. He alleged that both the panel drafted to the state and the acting governor replaced the names of the actual delegates that emerged from the congress to suit “their selfish and personal interests.”