The Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Joseph Albasu Kunini has dismissed speculations that he has withdrawn from the 2023 governorship race in the state.
A statement by his Chief of Staff, Mr Sukuji Bakoji described the rumour as “a blatant lie from the pit of hell”.
“The Speaker is still in the governorship race. He is an astute politician, brilliant accountant, financial expert, quintessential legislator, boardroom technocrat, philanthropist par excellence and, above all, a visionary and valiant leader, all rolled into one” the statement read.
Bakoji further said of Prof. Kunini: “What’s even more, he possesses the pedigree, intellectual capacity and impeccable leadership qualities to consolidate and solidify the giant strides and infrastructure revolution of His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, the Captain of the Rescue Mission.
“His vision is to provide good governance to the people by creating an enabling environment that guarantees security, promotes socio-economic development through partnership and collaboration.
“His mission is to transform Taraba State from rural to model state and launch it to one of the top 10 economies in the federation, as well as ensure peace and security by building a united and peaceful State based on equity and mutual respect for all the citizens, irrespective of tribe, religion and status
“His Alkinjoh Revolutionary Manifesto is a social charter, which contains different sectors of the economy and possible solutions that underpin the wellbeing and welfare of Tarabans.
“Therefore, Prof. Kunini is fit for the job; he remains the right man to takeover the mantle of leadership from Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku comes 2023.
“Against this background, the Speaker has urged his teeming supporters, admirers and well wishers to ignore the rumour of his purportedly withdrawal from the governorship race in the State”.