Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Ex-acting Gov of Taraba state, Garba Umar alleges plot to intimidate, arrest him and his supporters

Former Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar yesterday alleged that the state government and its cabal have concluded plans to intimidate and arrest him and his core supporters on trump up charges.
Umar Gubernatorial Campaign Organization in a statement on Wednesday said the state government resorted to the infamous plot to ensure that the Former Acting Governor is denied every opportunity to participate in the governorship elections after all other plans had failed to stop him.

The statement signed by its Campaign Director General Ahmed Yusuf said the plan includes investigation of some spurious allegations against the former Acting Governor and some of his principal officers, so as to distract them from the election process.

He alleged that agents of the state government also plan to invite law enforcement officers from outside the state to start a physical campaign of intimidation, harassment and arbitrary arrest of citizens on trump up charges with a view to frightening them into submission or withdrawing their support for Alhaji Garba Umar.


According to Yusuf, desperate politicians have hijacked the State Government and commence a comprehensive campaign of calumny, harassment, intimidation and arrest of Umar's political opponents.
Yusuf said the plan follows the state government "failure to assert its authority and influence on the political will of the citizens with a view to the wrestling the control of PDP members from Alh. Garba Umar."
The campaign director alleged that the Acting Governor Alh. Sani Abubakar Danladi early this week had summoned a meeting with members of the State House of Assembly, PDP state executive committee members, local government chairmen and some party stakeholders and directed them to return all government anointed candidates during the forth coming, state and federal national assembly as well as the governorship congresses.
"This threat has so far failed as the delegates have remained resolute and unperturbed and are resolved to elect leaders of their choice."
"the overwhelming members of the party and other electorates in the state are defiantly standing by the Former Acting Governor, Alh. Garba Umar as they trooped out in thousands on Tuesday to welcome him to Jalingo since his ouster by the Supreme Court.
The Campaign Organisation however appealed to its supporters to remain calm and resolute so as not to provide the government's agents the tools to blackmail and arrest them.
"We are also appealing to the law enforcement agencies in the state to remain neutral so as to provide all aspirants and their supporters a level playing field to participate in the election process."

Below is the Press Release unedited

Threat of harassment intimidation and arrest of political appointees in Taraba state

The Gubernatorial Campaign Organization of the Former Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar is in receipt of a very disturbing information/report of an insidious and distasteful plan by the Taraba State Government commence a comprehensive campaign of calumny, harassment, intimidation and arrest of its political opponents.

The threat is coming on the wake of the government failure to assert its authority or influence on the political will of the citizens with a view to the wrestling the control of PDP members from Alh. Garba Umar.

Early this week, the Acting Governor Alh. Sani Abubakar Danladi had summoned a meeting with members of the State House of Assembly, PDP state executive committee members, local government chairmen and some party stakeholders and directed them to return all government anointed candidates during the forth coming, state and federal national assembly as well as the governorship congresses.

He warned of serious consequences it they failed to do so.

This threat has so far failed as the delegates have remained resolute and unperturbed and are resolved to elect leaders of their choice.

Also, the overwhelming members of the party and other electorates in the state are defiantly standing by the Former Acting Governor, Alh. Garba Umar as they trouped out in thousands on Tuesday to welcome him to Jalingo since his ouster by the Supreme Court.

The latest plan to intimidate and arrest Alh. Garba Umar and his core supporters is the last and infamous resort to ensure that the Former Acting Governor is denied every opportunity to participate in the governorship elections after all other plans had failed to stop him.

The plan includes the invitation of investigation agencies to investigate some spurious allegations against the former Acting Governor and some of his principal officers, so as to distract them from the election process.

Agents of the state government also plan to invite law enforcement officers from outside the state to start a physical campaign of intimidation, harassment and arbitrary arrest of citizens on trump up charges with a view to frightening them into submission or withdrawing their support for Alhaji Garba Umar.

The Garba Umar Campaign Organisation is however appealing to all our supporters to remain calm and resolute so as not to provide the government's agents the tools to blackmail and arrest them.

We are also appealing to the law enforcement agencies in the state to remain neutral so as to provide all aspirants and their supporters a level playing field to participate in the election process.

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