The Taraba state People Democratic Party (PDP), has said its governor Mr. Darius Ishaku can govern the state from Abuja.
In a statement on Tuesday, the party said that governance in the state is moving on smoothly despite the absence of Ishaku and his continuous stay in Abuja.
Mr. Inuwa Bakari, the state PDP chairman in a statement said, despite the absence of the governor, the state has continued to hold successful executive meetings without hitches.
The PDP chairman said the governor recently held a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria and World Bank’s officials in Abuja, which is an indication, he can govern from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
PDP said the call on the state house of assembly by the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) to compel Ishaku back to Jalingo is a plan to set Taraba state on fire.
Part of the statement reads, “We want to call on the APC in Taraba to stop sowing a seed of discord in the state as well as trying to make issues out of nothing.”
The governor was last seen in the state on December 22, 2019, when he presented the 2020 appropriation bill to the state House of Assembly.
Ishaku was alleged to have left Taraba for abroad where he went for medical treatment, and since his return, he has remained in Abuja.
The state All Progressive Congress (APC), in a press conference on Thursday at Jalingo the state capital, says it has concluded an arrangement to drag Ishaku to court for refusing to live in the state while staying at Abuja.
The APC said, they will compel the state assembly to force the governor to come back to that state, when the house fails, they will approach the court to compel Ishaku back to the state.
Mr. Ibrahim El-Sudi, the APC state chairman and the governorship candidate in the 2019 elections, Mr. Muhammad Yahaya, while addressing the press, said the governor has been staying in Abuja for over 54 days without transmitting power to his deputy, Mr. Haruna Manu.
“The governor has failed to do the needful and he has been out of the state for 54 days now. The House has also failed to invoke the necessary constitutional provisions. We, therefore, call on the house to urgently do this in the interest of the state” El-Sudi said.