Those eyeing Taraba Government House in 2019, especially from the southern zone, should simply forget it as there won’t be any vacancy for anyone other than its current occupant. It is only in 2023 that there would be a fresh chance for those interested in the governorship. This pronouncement was made by the state’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Hon. Victor Bala Kona in an exclusive chat.
Bala Kona also mocked those he called “Abuja based politicians” whom he said have no serious agenda for their people other than their personal plans. Kona maintained that both the Central and Northern Zones of the state would not consider any candidate from the south other than the incumbent Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku. He said recognizing any other candidate other than Governor Ishaku would distort the power rotation equation of the state.
He said, “forget all the noise and talks. I’m a politician and I’m telling you authoritatively that there is no vacancy in Taraba Government House until 2023. The time hasn’t come yet now so we are a bit circumspect about it. But the truth is that we from the North and Central zone have decided in principle to ensure power remains in the south and that the current governor enjoys all that his predecessors have all enjoyed.
They did eight years each in the current dispensation of politics. So the case of Southern Taraba can’t be different. I want you to know how the average political activist in our zones think. They are in support of eigth years only for the southern zone. We don’t want a situation where a new candidate would come and alter any equation on ground. A fresh candidate may start saying he would also do eight years in office.
That would leave the other zones shortchanged. Because in 2023, we hope power would shift away again from the southern zone. A governor may say he doesn’t want second term but the truth is that it is their right and privileges to seek a re-election. A change of candidate means you would have a new governor who wants eight years. The other zones can’t afford to take the risk and remain irrelevant. We all unanimously voted for Governor Darius Ishaku on the grounds that he would transform our state and he has been doing very well in spite of all that has been bogging him like the two years of litigation.”
Speaking further on the issue, Kona told KR that there is no credible opposition in the state. He stressed that since 1999, Taraba state has remained in the fold of the PDP and hasn’t shifted grounds. He noted that the opposition has always attempted to take the state but always fail. He said, “I hear you mentioning opposition earlier. Ok let me declare to you that there is no strong opposition in Taraba. Who are the opposition?
Mention them to me now.
My point is they are not any opposition. These are all products of the PDP. So when they need anything, they disappear into other parties and say opposition. They know that they are all PDP at heart. So you have someone like Senator Joel Ikenya. He is out of the PDP now to pursue his dreams but this is the party that made him since when he started politics. From the state to becoming a minister, it was the PDP that made him. So now because he wants another position, he’s suddenly in the ruling APC.
Taraba people are tired of such selfishness.
A situation where you change parties like SIM cards depending on the network you want. You would see Ikenya would come back to PDP again soon. There is no opposition. Some people just want to become governor and so they move out. Which one of them has not been elevated by the PDP?
So just because you want something for yourself you want others to follow you? Taraba people are looking. You can’t just come and start bribing them because you want to be governor. Governor Ishaku is on ground with the people, feeling their pulse and meeting their needs. Not like some Abuja based politician who comes home once in a while to impress the people because he wants them to make him governor. Taraba state already has a governor that would neatly finish his first and second terms. No vacancy. “