Every Taraban freedom of association must be protected, APC tells Ishaku

By Suru Charles

The leadership of the Taraba state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has again urged the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to be planning a peaceful exit, instead of stocking the embers of hate and rancour.

The call which came on Wednesday via a press statement made available to media men in Jalingo by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Aaron Artimas, as observed by The Trumpet, was in reaction to the suspension and transfer of some monarchs and civil servants who were alleged to have been sighted in APC political gathering in Sardauna local government council.

Stressing that the APC “has received a heart wrenching and grieving report of the victimisation of some civil servants and community leaders in Sardauna council over their perceived partisanship, the right of every Taraban “to freely associate irrespective of religion, tribe or political party” the party said, “must be protected.”

The reports, according to the leadership of the party “indicate a brazen and malicious transfer of some senior officers by the local government Service Commission on the directives of the state government” adding that the unruly action also affects some senior title holders in the community.”

According to the transfer letters from the commission, the party said: “two officers each, were transferred to Zing, Ibbi and Lau, while three others were wilfully sent to Karim Lamido Local Government Area, even as the local government staff battle with deprivation from unpaid salaries, ranging from four to eight months.”

Suspended from the Mambilla traditional council, as made available to the media by the party are the Wakilin Kaka, Alhaji Abubakar Hamman Adama; the Wakili Kaka Kabir, Alhaji Usmanu J. Buba; and the Danmasnin Mambilla, Alhaji Babangida Umar.

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Wondering why the government would indulge in such “shameless acts ” the party held that “we are being told that this desperate, shameless and unlawful action was executed a few days after the tumultuous reception accorded to an APC House of Assembly Candidate for Mbamga constituency and former Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon Peter Diah.”

The APC in the State according to the statement “is miffed and disappointed that the state government will stoop so low and engage in an unlawful act simply because it has lost its way in a fruitless or aimless rescue mission that has only brought pain, misery and despair to the good people of the state”

Adding that “this is the same PDP administration which over the years virtually conscripted civil servants and community leaders in their election process, forcing them to “deliver” their Units or Wards as well as engaging them directly in election rigging.”

Every Taraban freedom of association must be protected, APC tells Ishaku
Every Taraban freedom of association must be protected, APC tells Ishaku

Calling on the government to “cancel this odorous, insensitive and illegal activity with immediate effect, to avail civil servants some respite as they grapple with the dizzying and debilitating hardship caused by the bad governance in the state” PDP, as suggested by the APC “should be planning a peaceful exit, instead of stocking the embers of hate and rancour”

The party also appealed to respected leaders of the state to intervene by calling the government to order “on this disgraceful and unjustified action” said the party’s Executive Committee will continue to explore other measures of “tackling this menace in order to prevent it from recurring elsewhere.”

Despite the dust currently being ignited by the suspension and transfer, the ruling PDP government and the party’s leadership, as observed by our correspondent, are yet to utter public statements on their roles in the alleged development.

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