A group known as Association for Good Governance (AGG) said on Tuesday that the acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, does not merit the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ticket to contest the 2015 governorship elections in the state.
The state Chairman of the group, Danjuma Isa Munga, who made this known at a press briefing in Jalingo, the state capital, argued that Umar had failed the state and the party in all ramifications and should not be allowed to run for the exalted seat.
Munga, therefore, urged the PDP to as a matter of urgency start shopping for a credible candidate that would fly the party’s banner at the polls.
The AGG members, who are also PDP stalwarts, explained that the acting governor has done nothing positive to contribute to the development of the state during his reign, instead, “he has continued to siphon the state’s resources making the state poorer”.
“Garba Umar has disappointed us and we are therefore calling on the PDP not to support him in his ambition.
“Taraba State under the administration of Umar has been characterised by high level corruption and embezzlement of public funds meant for the development of the state”, Munga said.
He accused Umar of “marginalisation and nepotism”, adding: “It’s sad that appointments into federal government positions from the state are often being cornered by the acting governor for his tribal men, in total violation of the federal character”.
The group said Umar has betrayed the people who stood by him as well as “Allah” who brought him to prominence.
“He (Umar) has hijacked the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) contracts which used to be a source of development for the state and poverty alleviation for the people.
“Beneficiaries of the MDGs contracts are all from Gombe State where Umar always stays.
“He spends millions of naira buying cars and furnishing offices for thugs he illegally recruited as the ‘youth wing’ of the party”.
It berated Umar for not leading the PDP in the right direction.