Monday, January 28, 2013

Fresh outrage over sick govs

Suntai-3-11-12• CNPP moves to declare Suntai incapacitated
• ACN decries secrecy over Chime’s illness, govs’ ‘connivance’
STILL fuming at the prolonged absence of their governor from his office ,  leaders  under the auspices of  the Taraba State chapter of the Conference for Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP)  have threatened to compel the state House of Assembly to  declare him incapacitated.
They urged Sunday that the House  should  invoke Section 189 of the 1999 Constitution as amended should the state government continue to hide from the public the true health situation of Governor Danbaba Suntai.
Similarly, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)   Sunday condemned the poor handling of the reported illness of Governor  Sullivan Chime of Enugu State.
Suntai who was on October 25 last year involved in a plane crash  which he personally piloted was immediately evacuated to  a German hospital where he was said to be fast recuperating
But outraged by the refusal of the state government to make known to the people the health situation of the governor, the leadership of the CNPP who was at  the press centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Taraba State council Sunday,  vowed to invoke Section 189 of the constitution.
Flanked by the leaders of the various registered political parties in the state, the chairman of the CNPP, Hamidu Suleiman,  lamented   that despite the various visits by top government functionaries to Germany where the governor is hospitalized, none of them deemed it fit to speak to  the people of Taraba on the issue.
Suleiman who doubles as the state chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) observed that “a delegation which we were reliably informed comprised the Chief Judge, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, among others travelled to Germany to see His Excellency.”
Since their arrival, the CNPP noticed, the delegation had been mute over the health of the governor, a situation which the group said  had continued to keep the entire people of the state and the nation at large in the “dark.”
“Ever since the delegation arrived in the state, there has never been any official communication from them and this gives credence to the rumours milling around that the governor has brain damage, thereby being totally incapacitated, ” it said.
However, the Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Emmanuel Bello, said the state had on several occasions made known to the public the health condition of the governor who according to him “will soon be back to the state.”
Insisting that “no  other state is informing its  citizens of the health condition of its governor like Taraba State,” he  said that “it is not true that we have kept the people in the dark concerning the health of our governor.”
He further told The Guardian that “the constitution is very clear in this matter,” adding that “we have complied with every provision of the constitution. The constitution  does  not provide for an unusual takeover because we are living in a democracy.”
Wondering why the residents of Taraba had  been “kept in the dark” by government officials, the CNPP urged  Bello to as a matter of urgency  to disclose  the “governor’s state of health, failure  of which we shall be compelled to mandate the state House of Assembly to invoke the provisions of Section 189 of the 1999 constitution as amended which borders on the incapacitation of a governor  and the way forward.”
Disputing the various pictures of the governor which were displayed on social media as well as on the pages of different newspapers, the  CNPP  said that if the governor had   actually recovered as they claimed, “we want to see him exercising, eating, walking etc on tweeter, ipod etc.”
“It is high time they stopped deceiving the people by feeding them with false information because we expected the government delegation that visited him to brief Tarabans and Nigerians on their arrival, but they have failed to do that which means that something is seriously wrong somewhere with our number one citizen, ” the CNPP said.

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