Taraba Assembly to probe Suntai’s health


The Taraba State House of Assembly has set up a medical panel to verify the health condition of its ailing Governor, Danbaba Suntai who has been out of the country for treatment abroad.

He returned from the United Kingdom after weeks of further treatment of the injuries he sustained when his plane crashed near Yola, Adamawa state on August 25, 2012.

There were rumors that Suntai was “rushed” back to the country because of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primaries, after which he would return abroad for medical attention.

But the governor said he was not contesting the governorship primary or any election at the moment.

There were also reports that President Goodluck Jonathan paid a brief visit to Suntai at the Guest House of Gen. T.Y. Danjuma (rtd) in Abuja and later left for Aso Rock accompanied by Danjuma.

A statement by the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Josiah Sabo Kente, obtained by journalists on Saturday in Abuja named Prof. Bala Shehu as chairman.

Other members are Dr. Inusa Samaila, Prof. Peter Alabi, Dr. Shehu Sule and Personal Physician to Suntai, Dr. Ahmed Kara.

The statement reads, “Consequent upon the receipt of the resolution of the Taraba State Executive Council meeting on September 10 2014, evoking the provision of Section 189 (1) b and 189 (4) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which requested me to appoint a medical panel to verify the health condition of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Pharm. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, I hereby constitute the medical panel…”

The immediate-past President of Nigerian Medical Association and delegate to the just-concluded National Conference, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has been agitating that the association should be allowed to offer free medical investigation into the true state of health of Suntai, who was injured in the plane crash.

The NMA had also been spearheading the campaign for the establishment of the Office of Surgeon-General of the Federation.

Suntai had also accused his deputy, Garba Umar, of betrayal saying he least expected the deputy governor to lust for his (Suntai’s) office given the confidence he reposed in him.

Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Yakubu, the governor said he was not the only one that felt betrayed but the entire people of the state.

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