Senator Hope Uzodimma
Forty eight hours after the Senator Hope Uzodimma-led committee resolved the political imbroglio in Taraba State, the behind-the-scene intrigues and maneuvers have been revealed to indicate that the wife of the state governor, Mrs Hauwa Suntai and the governor’s younger brother, Babangida Suntai, were indeed supportive of the resolution reached and announced by Uzodimma.
The governor’s wife was said to have even suggested the resolutions so reached having found that many of the political gladiators in the state were using the crisis to fend for their own interests and not necessarily out of love for her husband.
Recounting what transpired at the meeting the former Minister of State for Women Affairs and Youth Development, Dr. Salome Jankada, revealed that Hauwa and the governor’s brother, were favourably disposed to the agreement and that the resolution was indeed at the instance of the governor’s wife.
According to her, “At the meeting, Her Excellency, Hajia Hauwa Suntai, was given the chance to speak, in the presence of Suntai’s junior brother, Babangida Suntai. She said and I quote ‘I used to think people love my husband because everybody says they love Danbaba Suntai. But on the contrary, they do not love my husband; they were only using him to attend to their political gains because if they have loved him, they wouldn’t have done what they are doing to him’ and when she said this, as a mother, my heart went out for her.”
Speaking further, Jankada, noted that: “The woman was so confused and everybody present really felt for her. She then turned around to her left and said ‘My husband is well but not well enough to paddle the ship of state. Therefore, Baba(Deputy Governor) sitting here will take charge of the state until such a time my husband is well enough to resume work’. I was there and the junior brother to Suntai, Babangida was also there.”
Rhetorically, she asked: “Who are the family members of Suntai? These are the family members of Suntai and when they say this is what it is, that is what it should be. If Hauwa is seated there, and telling the world, and Babangida, who happens to be the same father with Suntai, who are we going to hear from? It is these family members of course,” she posited.
Jankada was apparently reacting to the rejection of the peace deal by eight lawmakers in the state, led Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.
While commending the governor’s wife for her role in bringing the crisis to an end, she stated: “I want to appreciate Hauwa, Her Excellency, and the wife of Governor Danbaba Suntai. Typical of me, I went to the press and said we were not impressed by her role as a mother in the saga that is going on; now we understand better. How could the wife, representing her husband and the brother come up and say ‘the game is over, we appreciate and recognise the acting governor and somebody somewhere will say no. Who are they?” she fumed.
Meanwhile, former Minister of Defence, General T.Y. Danjuma (rtd), was at the Government House in Jalingo yesterday to pay a private visit to Suntai.
Danjuma, who arrived the state at about 10.55 a.m. and was received at the Jalingo Airport by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, Mr. GT. Kataps, Hon. Charles Maijankai and Mallam Aminu Jika, met briefly with the governor but he declined to speak to journalists on the outcome of his meeting with Suntai before he flew out of the state.
Uzodimma had on Tuesday announced after meeting with parties to the crisis and other PDP stakeholders in the state including Suntai, his wife, Hauwa and the leadership of the state assembly had declared that the crisis in the state had been amicably resolved and it has been agreed by all the stakeholders, including Suntai that the acting governor should continue to administer the state pending when Suntai would be ready to resume duty.
But less than 24 hours after the agreement was reached, Bwacha representing Taraba South and eight members of the assembly rejected the agreement, saying besides being poisonous, it had left the entire state more confused than it had been in recent times.