From: GODWIN AGIA, Jalingo
Pensioners in Taraba State on Thursday commenced a seven-day prayer and fasting for God to ensure the state Governor Darius Ishaku loses his senatorial bid.
The Chairman of the pensioners, Silas Jafta told our correspondent that the decision to go spiritual against Gov Ishiaku is for God to stop the governor from continuing his poor leadership in the Senate after his dismal eight years as governor.
Jafta explained that the untold hardship which the governor has subjected pensioners to, was inhuman enough for them to seek God’s face to stop the governor’s political career in the state.
Jafta said;”We have resolved to embark on seven-day prayers to appeal to God to ensure that Governor Darius Ishaku loses the Senate position. Our decision is due to the inhuman situation the governor has subjected us to.
“For 10 years now, we have not been paid our entitlements as retirees of the Taraba State government, some of our members have died because of the situation.
“We have written severally to the government through the secretary to the state government (SSG), and the speaker of the state house of assembly but the governor seems not to mind our plight.
“We have carried out peaceful demonstration to demand for our legitimate entitlements but still no positive result. We were to go out for another protest on Wednesday 18/1/2023, but the security refused to approve our request to carry out the demonstration on the directive of the governor.
“The directive of the governor for the security to stop us from staging the protest has proven to us that he, Governor Ishaku does not mean well for us.
“It is clearly shown that Governor Darius Ishaku is not a good leader, judging from how poorly he has performed as governor of Taraba and the plight he has subjected us the pensioners to. Allowing him to proceed to the Senate after his dismal eight years of reign would be a disaster for Taraba state development.
“Our decision for seven-day prayers against the governor’s Senate bid is to save the state from further disaster of under development.
“We are appealing to God to please not allow Governor Darius Ishaku to win the Senate seat. His victory would be a disaster but his loss would be a blessing for the development of Taraba state”.