Supporters of Governor Darius Ishaku on Wednesday asked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to retract his comment against the Taraba helmsman or face court action.
Chairman of Taraba Network for Peace and Development, Alhaji Haruna Musa and Secretary, Yusuf Illiya, gave the warning while addressing the media on Wednesday in Jalingo. They said Ishaku was duly elected as affirmed by the Supreme Court and that Oshiomhole’s comment that the governor didn’t win by popular votes was an affront on the rule of law. Last Monday, Oshiomhole lampooned Ishaku, promising that the APC will give Taraba an active chief executive.
According to Daily post, The former Edo governor spoke while swearing in Hon. Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi as the Taraba State APC Chairman. Oshiomhole said: “We are in very interesting times, we have a governor in Taraba on the PDP platform and who narrowly escaped with the position courtesy of the rigging machine of the PDP. “From all that I hear from the ordinary people of Taraba, they can’t wait to have Governor Darius Ishaku out of the government house of Taraba.
“Under the APC, the good people of Taraba state will witness sustainable development, peace, and security. They will have a resident governor. “Because what we have now is a governor that spends one day in Taraba and six days outside Taraba whether in Lagos, London or in other parts of the world. You can’t govern in absentia.” Firing back, the group advised the APC national chairman to withdraw his ‘reckless statements’ within seven days or risk lawsuit.
Musa said: “We can no longer sit back and watch Oshiomhole make wild and false allegations and cast aspersions on the integrity of the nation’s judicial verdicts which upheld the election of Governor Darius Ishaku. “Oshiomhole benefited from judicial verdict when the Supreme Court installed him as the Governor of Edo State and for him to turn today and make unsubstantiated claims against Gov Ishaku and the court is uncalled for.
“We reject falsehood as weapon of political opposition and advise Oshiomhole to retract his statements and apologise to Governor Darius Ishaku and the people of Taraba State for this act of political blackmail.”