A youth group in Taraba state under the aegis of Southern Taraba Youth
Vanguard, has described the former acting governor of the state, Garba
Umar (a.k.a.UTC), as a ‘magician and a deceiver’ who has been
deceiving the top echelon of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the
The group a statement signed by its leader, Dr. Ajiduku Luka and made
available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday stated that former governor
Umar was deceiving his followers too, telling them that, In Sha Allah,
he would soon take the ticket from the PDP guber candidate, Arc.
Dr Luka said, how he planned to achieve his plans was yet to be seen
or known saying “the truth is that UTC cannot, will hurt and shall not
take any ticket from Darius”.
The group leader also alleged that he (Umar) has the National Chairman
of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, as a willing accomplice in his
latest plan stating “don’t forget that the same Muazu, having fed fat
from the loot of Taraba treasury, was prepared to make UTC our
governor; it was only the timely intervention of God that saved the
state. But Muazu is not done”.
He further alleged that the PDP chairman even as at today, wants to
compensate UTC in any way possible because of the money he collected
in the ‘ill-fated bid’ to make UTC relevant in Taraba politics.
He noted that if not for the timely intervention of Senator Emmanuel
Bwacha’s that thwarted the plot, UTC’s would have made the senate
According to him, “UTC, as his followers call him, and Muazu, are
really up to something sinister in the history of Taraba state. The
sad thing here is that the funny man has practically fooled everyone
from some top people in Taraba to some top people in Abuja. The only
people he hasn’t fooled are members of this organization and the
teeming voters in Taraba state”.
“It is a lie from the pit of hell and one of the imaginations of evil
men. But UTC propaganda machine is working at full speed. Only
yesterday, he waltzed into Jalingo like a conquering lion. His funny
followers waited hours for him and when the criminal crept into the
city in the dead of the night, his thugs went into an attacking
galore. They attacked the peaceful convoy of the PDP candidate and
were busy chanting anti party slogans”.
He stated further that “the fact is that we are not oblivious of the
good intentions of the acting governor, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi
in making peaceful overtures to the old man. Sani Abubakar wants to
align all forces in the state behind the PDP. That is his good
intention. But sadly UTC doesn’t share in Sani contact’s dreams. UTC
is actively working with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and wants
either Kente or Aisha to win the governorship election”.
“It is an open secret that all his henchmen are with Kente. Yet kente
is NOT the consensus candidate of the zone. UTC wants to use Kente to
ridicule the south. Don’t forget that he used Kente’s younger brother-
the Speaker Josiah Kente- to almost scuttle the dream. Chief Kente is
therefore the continuation of the evil plot to strangulate the south”.
“With Kente, the Suntai/ Southern Taraba collabo would have been
effectively laid to rest. In fact, Kente is an extension of the Ebola/
UTC evil dynasty. Darius is the authentic change the state’s needs. He
is the consensus candidate and the true spirit of power shift who
would make a clean break with UTC’s misdeed in the state. And UTC,
though claiming to be a PDP stalwart, is patently against Darius. At
the presidential level, all his followers are Buhari’s aficionados”.
Dr Luka also stated that UTC doesn’t like the PDP. He is still
smarting from the defeat he suffered at the Supreme Court. In fact he
recently told close aides that he would ensure that PDP loses in
He noted that “We were at his rally last night and we noticed his lies
and double speak. He didn’t say anything about our candidate”.
Also, he questioned; “how can anyone claiming to be a lover of the
party not support the candidate? UTC, in the first place, should even
be in jail. What is he doing coming into Jalingo with a swag.
Is this not the same man who stole 20 billion naira? Is this not the man who
ruined the civil service? Is this not the man who instituted poverty
in the land? Is this not the man who introduced religious politics in
Taraba? Is this not the man who sponsored wars in southern Taraba?”