Ahead of 2019 election in Taraba state, a former acting governor, Garba Umar, has dumped People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for All Progressives Congress (APC).
Umar dumped the party two years after completing his term with former late governor, Danbaba Suntai, who was buried recently.
The ex-acting governor, who announced his defection to APC at meeting held by a group in his new party, Integrity Group, in Jalingo yesterday, said he took the decision after consultations with political stakeholders in and outside the state.
Umar said he decided to join hands with politicians of like mind to save the state from alleged bad governance, apparently referring to the incumbent governor, Darius Ishaku.
‘‘I can see future in APC, and if we work together as a team, the party will wrestle power from PDP in the state come 2019.
‘‘I want to assure you that this is the APC and I am part of it one hundred per cent. ‘I have decided to join my brothers of like mind to see how we can salvage the state come 2019.
‘‘I assure you of my unwavering loyalty and willingness to make all necessary contribution for the success of this party and our mission,’’ Umar added.
The former acting governor stated that he had made an arrangement to officially decamp along with hundreds of his supporters to the APC.
The Chairman of the APC Integrity Group, Uba Maigari, said that the party was honoured to have the former acting governor and political appointees that served under him joining the party.
Maigari stressed that the former acting governor’s goodwill and political connection would enhance APC’s chances in 2019 general elections.
Umar, fondly known as UTC, was chosen by Suntai as his deputy after the impeachment of the then Deputy Governor, Sani Abubakar.
He became the state’s acting governor after Suntai’s plane crash in 2012. But was later sacked by the Supreme Court in 2014 when the apex court ruled that Abubakar’s impeachment was illegal and ordered his reinstatement.