Missing passport stalls Suntai’s overseas treatment

The political impasse in Taraba State has taken a new dimension following reports that the travelling passport of ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai reportedly in possession of his aides is missing.
The development, according to reports, is responsible for his inability to have returned overseas for further medical treatment.
Daily Newswatch reports that apart from a grand design to deny him medical treatment abroad, there are plans to impeach both the ailing governor and the acting governor, Garba Umar in order to pave way for the Speaker of the State Assembly as an interim governor, allegedly to ensure plan to install a governor from the Southern zone of the state in 2015.
Further investigations revealed that even while the governor’s wife had consented to further medical treatment for her husband, an associate of Suntai said to be a top lawyer and a retired military officer is said to have held the passport despite repeated request of the family.
The development is said to have created a split between the family of the governor and his associates who are quoted as telling the governor’s family members that further treatment abroad for Suntai would undermine the larger political agenda which the governor’s group is pursuing.

Daily Newswatch gathered that the non-availability of the passport has also stalled the out of court settlement which was entered into in a case against the state assembly by the ailing governor. “The same forces which confiscated the passport are also said to have ordered that the family should not negotiate power transfer with the acting governor,” said the source.

It was also gathered that the associates in question are angered by the warm relationship existing between Suntai’s family members and the acting governor.
In a related development, the Taraba Transition Assembly has berated Senator Emmanuel Bwacha for declaring his gubernatorial ambition at a time there are challenges on how to secure further treatment for his close friend, Suntai.

In a statement issued yesterday and signed by its publicity secretary, Samuel Gindi, the group said “the action of the senator confirmed our consistent affirmation that those who smuggled the governor into the country before he could complete his medical treatment did so for their own selfish political agenda.
“Senator Bwacha by declaring his ambition vindicates our repeated statements that Bwacha and others are using Suntai as a tool in their ambition to rule the state in 2015. The senator was not contented in mentioning his ambition but he also mentioned four others, including a serving federal permanent secretary, as interested in the governorship race.”

The group added that, “If truly Bwacha loves Suntai, his preoccupation should be how to get the governor to receive further medical help. Rather, he has succeeded in exposing himself and members of the cabal whose only goal is 2015 and not the treatment and full recuperation of Governor Suntai.”
It emphasized that, “Now that Bwacha has exposed himself, we call on the family of the governor to assert themselves and secure necessary treatment for him. Those who love Suntai must step in now as the cabal has clearly unmasked and advertised its selfish agenda.”

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