'Taraba Acting Governor Did Not Sign Document As A Governor' -


Acting Governor of Taraba State, AlhajiGarba Umar, did not sign letters to the State Assembly as governor and has not violated any court order as alleged by a civil society group, the Taraba Justice Forum has declared.
A civil society group had on Thursday accused the acting governor of signing letters as executive governor of Taraba state and of violating a court order restraining the Assembly from screening commissioners’ list. The forum in a statement signed by its secretary general, Barrister John Ambulus, said it investigated the allegations and found that “the letter sent to the Assembly which was acknowledged and stamped and verified showed that the letter though written on the letter head of the state Governor, was signed by Alhaji Umar as acting governor. “The one we saw was stamped received by the assembly and the one they said civil society coalition paraded was forged as it was not stamped nor signed received by the Assembly. We will soon publish the original stamped copy for the attention of the public. 
 “In any case, constitutionally, when you are acting ,you are legally allowed touse the office of the governor as well as the paraphernalia of the office. An acting governor is allowed to use instruments of office of the Executive governor as he is deemed to be the governor in the eyes of the law”, the forum said. On the issue of court order, the forum said “ the Acting Governor did not disobey any court order as he was neither served nor recieved any court paper purported to be restraining the legislature from the performance of its task”, adding that “the Acting Governor had only communicated list of nominated commissioners to the lawmakers in line with requirements of the constitution. The group however expressed worries “that anybody could attempt to use the court to stop the legislative arm from performing its Constitutional responsibilities,” affirming that “It is simply anti- democratic to purportedly seek an injunction to stop a duly constituted Assembly from screening for confirmation duly nominated commissioners.”

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