On Wednesday, the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused Governor Darius Ishaku and the state government of allegedly victimizing local government personnel suspected of being APC supporters. .
The state APC publicity secretary, Mr. Aaron Artimas in a press release to Jalingo reporters, described the action as a desperate and unacceptable disgrace.
According to APC, she has received a heartbreaking and painful report of the victimization of some Sardauna local government officials and community leaders by the Taraba State government due to their perceived partisanship.
“Reports indicate a brazen and malicious transfer of some senior officers by the Local Government Services Commission on the direction of the state government.
“The unruly action is also affecting some senior titleholders in the community.
“According to the commission’s transfer letters, two officers each were transferred to Zing, Ibbi and Lau, while three others were sent to Karim Lamido local government area, even as local government personnel fight against deprivation of unpaid wages, ranging from four to eight months.
“The Wakilin Kaka, Alhaji Abubakar Hamman Adama; the Wakili Kaka Kabir, Alhaji Usmanu J. Buba; and the Danmasnin Mambilla, Alhaji Babangida Umar were also suspended from the Mambilla Traditional Council.
“We are told that this illegal action was carried out days after the overwhelming reception given to an APC Assembly candidate for Mbamga constituency and former Speaker of the Taraba State Assembly, The Honorable Peter Diah.
“The APC in Taraba State is vexed and disappointed that the state government stoops so low and engages in an illegal act just because it got lost in an unsuccessful or unresponsive rescue mission. purpose which has brought only pain, misery and despair to the good people of the state.
“This is the same PDP administration that over the years has practically conscripted officials and community leaders into their election process, forcing them to ‘hand over’ their units or neighborhoods and engage them directly in election rigging.
“We are aware of the current predicament of the state government in the face of its utter failure in all facets of governance and the consequent harsh reality of losing the upcoming elections, but resorting to this illegality can only make their case worse.
“Furthermore, it is established in the case of Balarabe Musa v. INEC that civil servants have the constitutional right to participate in politics or support parties of their choice.
“In light of this, APC urges the State Government to rescind this smelly, callous and unlawful action with immediate effect, to give civil servants respite as they grapple with the dizzying and debilitating hardship caused by poor governance in the state.
“The PDP should plan for a peaceful exit, instead of fanning the embers of hatred and grudge.
“We call on respected leaders of the state to intervene by calling the government to order in this shameful and unwarranted action against the citizens,” alleged the APC.
Meanwhile, Alhaji. Belo Yerothe office of the State Permanent Secretary for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs did not respond to calls and text messages to his cellphone about the allegation.