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Mr. Suntai's spokesperson confirmed the dissolution.
The Taraba State Government has confirmed that Governor Danbaba Suntai has dissolved the state executive council and appointed a new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), and a new Chief of Staff, Government House.
Silvanus Giwa, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, announced the dissolution and new appointments at a news conference on Wednesday in Jalingo; confirming PREMIUM TIMES' earlier report
He named the outgoing Commissioner for Justice, Timothy Kataps, as the news SSG and Aminu Jika as the new Chief of Staff, adding that the appointment were with immediate effect.
Mr. Giwa, who said that he was speaking on the orders of Suntai, said all Commissioners and Special Advisers had been relieved of their appointments. He passed the governor's message appreciation to the out-going Commissioners and Special Advisers for their services to the state, and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Mr. Giwa's announcement contradicts the position of the state's lawmakers. The State House of Assembly had on Tuesday, announced that the Acting Governor, Garba Umar, would continue to act in that capacity until Mr. Suntai was able to appear before the lawmakers to confirm that the transmitted letter to the House was genuine.
Many observers have argued that Mr. Suntai is not medically fit yet to act as governor and that the letter he purportedly transmitted to the House on Tuesday announcing his resumption was possibly doctored for him. A Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has already petitioned the Inspector General Police to investigate the authenticity of the letter. The Taraba governor was out of the country for 10 months for medical reasons after being involved in a plane crash last year.
He was brought into the country on Sunday with some of his associates claiming he is now medically fit to resume work. The governor is yet to address lawmakers or Taraba indigenes or indeed any person publicly since his return.