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Taraba Guber primaries: Speaker denies stepping down

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Taraba Guber primaries: Speaker denies stepping down

Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly Professor Joseph Albasu Kunini has debunked the rumors that he has dropped out of the  race to clinch the governorship ticket of the PDP in the coming primary election.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning in Jalingo and signed by Mr Sukuji Bakoji, Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Kunini insisted that he was in the race for the good of the people and no amount of pressure would make him drop his ambition.

“Our attention has been drawn to the rumour making the rounds that the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prof. Joseph Albasu Kunini has withdrawn from the governorship race. The rumour which is being orchestrated and peddled by his traducers and adversaries is a blatant lie from the pit of hell.

“The Speaker is still in the governorship race. He is an astute politician, brilliant accountant, financial expert, quintessential legislator, boardroom technocrat, philanthropic par excellence  and, above all, a visionary and valiant leader, all rolled into one.

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“He has the pedigree, intellectual capacity and impeccable leadership qualities to consolidate and solidify  the giant strides and infrastructure revolution of governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, the Captain of the Rescue Mission. He is out  to provide good governance to the people by creating an enabling environment that guarantees security,  promotes socio-economic development through partnership and collaboration. 

“Against this background, the speaker has urged his teeming supporters, admirers and well wishers to ignore the rumour of his purportedly withdrawal from the governorship race in the State” he said.

Our correspondent reports that an elder statesman in the state is alleged to have imposed a candidate from the Southern zone of the state on the party to fly the flag ahead of the 2023 general elections and most of the aspirants have come under tremendous pressure to step down for the candidates who is the present chairman of the party in the state.

However, most of the stakeholders in the state across party lines have condemned the actions of the statesman for insisting on retaining party to his zone where the current governor also comes from, thereby abandoning to over two decades old zoning arrangement in the state.

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