A plan to fly Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba state overseas for further medical treatment has suffered a setback, it was learnt at the weekend.
It was gathered that the travelling passport and other documents of the governor were kept in the care of two of his top associates who have, so far, refused to release them.
This was as credible reports indicated that there was a plan to impeach both the ailing governor and the acting governor, Garba Umar, in order to pave way for the Speaker of the state House of Assembly to preside over the conduct of the 2015 general elections in the state.
Reports indicated that the wife of the governor had consented to further medical treatment for her husband, but two of Suntai’s very top associates, allegedly a lawyer and a retired army general, were believed to have refused to release the ailing governor’s passport to his family, despite pleas to do so from the family.
The development was said to have created a split between the family of the governor and his associates who were quoted as telling the governor’s family that further treatment abroad for the governor would undermine the larger political agenda which the governor’s group was pursuing.
The same associates of Suntai, it was gathered, stalled the out of court settlement of the case against the state assembly instituted by the ailing governor.
The same forces accused of hiding the passport, were also said to have ordered the family of Suntai not to negotiate power transfer with the acting governor.
It was gathered that the said associates, angered by the warm relationship currently existing between Suntai’s family and the acting governor, were now plotting to impeach both Suntai and Umar, the acting governor.
Insider sources revealed that the planned to enthrone the speaker as an interim governor, allegedly to make sure that the next governor emerged from the Southern zone of the state in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Taraba Transition Assembly (TTA), has berated senator Emmanuel Bwacha, for declaring his gubernatorial ambition at a time arrangements were being made for the further treatment of Suntai, his close friend.
In a statement over the weekend issued by its publicity secretary, Mr. 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.