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Brain-Dead Taraba State Governor Suntai To Be Replaced

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Dec 8, 2012 – Brain-Dead Taraba State Governor Suntai To Be Replaced

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is considering its options in replacing Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State as it is becoming clearer he is unlikely to recover from his head injuries.

The governor, who was in a plane crash at the Yola International Airport in Adamawa two months ago, is currently in hospital in Hanover, Germany.

Several sources have told SaharaReporters that the party is working with the Presidency to find a suitable replacement for the governor.

According to one source, several party leaders including PDP chairman Bamanga Tukur, Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and Senate President

David Mark, have all visited the ailing governor and concluded that he could never recover from brain injury to run the state.

A separate delegation led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, failed to set eyes on the governor during an attempted visit two weeks ago as he had been moved to the intensive care unit and on life support. He and his four companions could only leave a get well message with Mr. Suntai’s doctors.

SaharaReporters has also learned that last week, Mr. Suntai’s personal doctor visited Nigeria and confided in family members and friends that the governor is unlikely to recover from his head injuries anytime soon.

But as in the case of the late Nigerian president, Umaru Yar’Adua, members of Mr. Suntai’s family have pressurized state officials to engage in propaganda that the brain-damaged governor is “making dramatic” improvements and speaking by telephone to some people in the state. Party officials have contracted that, however, telling SaharaReporters that Suntai does not know the difference between day and night.

Last Saturday, the Taraba State Commissioner for Information, Emmanuel Bello, told SaharaReporters the governor wasn’t brain-damaged, but when SaharaReporters asked him to provide evidence, he only said the governor had spoken to a Senator.

Our source said none of the state officials have visited the governor in Germany since he was airlifted from Nigeria. Other members of his government who were hurt in the air crash have left hospitals in Germany and returned to Nigeria.

On October 4, three weeks before Governor Suntai’s plane crash, the Taraba House of Assembly impeached Deputy Governor Sani Abubakar Danladi following allegations of “gross misconduct” leveled against him by a judicial panel.

On October 5, Alhaji Garba Umar was sworn in as Deputy Governor after he signed an undertaking with the governor not to run as a candidate for governor in any elections.

On November 14, the House of Assembly, invoking Section 190(2) of the Nigerian Constitution, empowered Umar to act as governor.

With the party performing poorly in many states and at the centre, the PDP is anxious not to lose Taraba to other political parties.

A source at the presidency said the party has been mandated to make formal announcements after the holiday seasons regarding the status of Mr. Suntai.

Meanwhile the acting governor appears working fully as governor already by making internal changes and putting structures in place to run the state as the defacto governor. (Source: Sahara Reporter)



  1. Jamil Magaji

    December 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    We need healthy and capable leadership

    • joseph salama

      March 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      We should pray for Governor Danbaba, God will hell him.We should not be start thinking negative about him, Who would replace him. We should pray for him,noting that. God cannot do Doctor treat and God Heel. Nobody is above to fall in that situation, we are just living by grace. Joseph Salama

  2. Jamil Magaji

    December 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    We need a healthy and capable leader.

  3. Henrich Okpa Bassey

    December 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    its unfortunate that it happened this way and I pray the almighty God in heaven give him the power to stand up and come to meet his beloved family again, I wish you speed re-coverage.

  4. Stanley Ebom

    December 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    I pray that he recover' let face thed fact brain is fragile some thing; do to that type of sickness he is dowedre for retairement. Let another healthy candidate start from were he stot: one thing about this country people like to work untill they are dird.

  5. John

    December 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I wish him a quick recovery

  6. Emily Stalin

    December 9, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    @Naijagist,why condemn the sick governor as brain dead.It’s an unfair way to refer to a governor of a state.Germany is very good with brain injuries.This same man could be restored.please mind!

  7. Sunday ijiwo

    December 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I wish him quick recovery.

  8. Richard Eyo Honesty

    December 18, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    The people of taraba shuldnt be in a hurry 4 replacement, so far de man is still alive and his tenure nt yet complete, his mandate as a governor is still valid


    December 19, 2012 at 7:23 AM


  10. hakane

    December 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Such is life, that is what we want, governors, deputy gov.,reps, senators, state house reps. To start and continue dying.

  11. Jeehad ibrahim

    December 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Alhamdulillah, we seeks all the necessary changes by allah when people plunged in to a predicament stuation they need such, yet no meant dan baba to be injured but me, you and all and sundary are from allah, we most goback to him by all ways. thus we backs to him through the way which he destined to us as the case of dan baba he oppressed many tarabians for this allah will be able to answer people’s supplications we need change in taraba not dan baba death.

  12. Williams Abwage

    December 28, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    With man it is imposible with His excelency, but with My GOD ALL THINGS are posible. I still have’nt given up. for it is well with him. Amen


    December 31, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    there should be imidiat replacement

    • Chinny

      August 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Who is he that would decree and it comes to pass, when God has not decreed it. God is with Danbaba Suntai o! To God of Israel be the glory. Amen.


    January 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Only Time can give the answer

  15. Anointing Matthew

    January 3, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    We very sorry 4 our governor may God have mercy on him and give us good leader in Jesus name. (AMEN)

  16. Jide okaseun

    January 5, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Acept Jesus Christ as ur lord and personal saviour and u will be healed

  17. R.tijos

    January 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    As human being no one should wish a fellow human death or bad luck, so i well but time shall tell

    • Shehu Adamu Tegina

      January 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Suntai,Wish fast recovery.

  18. maiulualiyu

    February 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I wonder why we intentionally disagree with fisical truth, truth can never be compromised nor changed, OH LORD WE LOOK UN TO YOU for our inability to know the true posission of our Governor so that our concious will match with our thinking.

  19. Charles

    February 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I wish my governor quick recovery.

  20. shamsudeen

    February 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Thanks given Arlmity Allah{God}who know better than us about this unlove people governor,Allah have accepts our prayers on him and we are praying on him to complete his life in germany.

  21. Mohammed usman

    March 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    We thank Allah 2 all happen with dan baba

  22. Muhammad Munnir

    March 29, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    We don’t talk bad about one who happens to be a victim of a tragic incident as that of our governor Danbaba Suntai. All we could say is to pray for his quick recovery. As the situation stands now, authomatically the deputy governor takes charge as the governor of the state. It has happened with the incumbent president, the same with Kaduna state. That of taraba should be treated as just that. The issue of PDP looking to install someone does not arise. That of Sani Abubakar Danladi that has been impeached, has nothing to deal with either. Unless they want to cause trouble in the state,the deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar should by virtue of the constitution be sworn in as the governor.

  23. James musa

    May 1, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Our governor is still alive and long life is already his portion in JESUS NAME. Dan baba suntai will be back very soon an those who plan evil against him will be put to sharm.

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