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EXPOSED: PDP Taraba In Massive Forgery, Bribery And Electoral Corruption Scandal

People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Taraba State is engulfed in a fresh crisis of electoral injustice, manipulation, bribery and forgery according to documents obtained by journalists involving the Gashaka, Kurmi and Sardauna Federal Constiuency Unit of Taraba State.

Investigations reveal an executive recklessness and manipulation orchestrated by the Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah, seconded by the PDP national Chairman, Prince Uche Seconds, and supported by The Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Ishaku.

The speaker is leading a hydra-headed electoral-junta to superintend the people’s will ahead of the primary elections in the state by imposing his In-Law ( the brother of the Speaker’s Wife), David Fouh on PDP members in the state with wanton intimidation, threats to life, witch-hunting, and political brigandage on other the aspirants.

The National Assembly Screening Committee in Taraba State, Headed by Barr. Yakubu Abdullahi and Barr. Edwin Agbu as Secretary, with three others as members, had on the 20th of September 2018 at the State party Secretariat indicted the imposed aspirant Mr. David Fouh. From the document available to us, the panel stated this “Again, only one aspirant was disqualified to contest in the Party’s Federal House of Representatives’ Primary Election. The name of the aspirant is David Abel Fuoh. He was disqualified because the Screening Panel was not satisfied with the genuineness of his letter of resignation presented during the screening.”

Mr. Fouh, before joining the House of Reps race was the Bursar of The Taraba State Polytechnic which he is accused of not resigning properly alongside other unclear concerns surrounding his credentials before vying for a political office as a civil servant, an offense that contravenes the Clause 6 of the Party’s Brief of the Screening Panel, which makes it mandatory for anyone who has resigned from their civil service jobs or political appointment to tender an evidence to that effect. Fuoh was said to have been grilled for hours without being able to provide the necessary evidence, which led to his disqualification from the exercise. A similar offence affected one of the aspirants for the Senatorial aspect of the screening, Mrs. Lios Emmanuel who is alleging intimidation and victimization because The Speaker along with the Governor in connivance with the PDP Chairman has gone ahead to clear Fuoh to contest in the race against the report of the Yakubu Panel.

However, grounds for “Appeal” were also constituted with a Committee headed by Hon. Bagudu Joseph as Chairman, Marcus Sarah, as Secretary and Kurda Ibrahim as Member. The committee submitted her report on the 22nd of September 2018 indicating that NO APPEAL whatsoever was brought before the panel for consideration as contained in the document attached.

Forensic inspection also shows that the final report submitted to Wadata Plaza was doctored to favour Fuoh with a monetary inducement to the tune of N20,000, 000 given as bribe according to sources at Wadata Plaza to alter the signatures of the Taraba Screening Committee before final submission to the PDP National Headquarters, Abuja.

The first document of the Screening Committee which was completed and released on the 20th of September shows that Mr. Fuoh was indicted by the panel for his inability to provide necessary clearance of his resignation as Bursar which led to his subsequent disqualification from the reps race.

The second report was submitted by the Screening APPEAL Committee on the 22nd of September 2018, which shows that NONE of the aspirants disqualified, approached the panel for redress or clarification.

The final report submitted to Wadata Plaza on the 23rd of September leaked to this news platform shows that Mr. Fuoh’s indictment and disqualification has been removed from the final report, with signatures of the Chairman of the Taraba National Assembly Committee, Barr. Yakubu Abdullahi, forged, along with other members of the committee.

The glaring paper-sleaze indicted only the Senatorial Aspirant, Mrs. Lios Emmanuel who committed a similar offence with David Fuoh who has been fraudulently maneuvered into the Reps race.
Careful inspection of the document available to us shows that the final document contains several irregularities that includes forged signatures which is an offense in Nigeria, liable to jail term. At the 4th page of the 5 page document which the major sleaze took place, the page-margin of the document was out of alignment. It is however now contained in the final report that, “No aspirant was disqualified to contest in the party’s Federal House of Representatives Primary Election”, with sources point accusing fingers at the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly who is rigging the husband of his sister into power through the backdoor.

This act has led to tension in the Gashaka, Gurmi and Sardauna Federal Constituency unit with other aspirants threatening court action and mass-exodus from the party if Mr. Fuoh does not remain disqualified.

Further investigation across the communities of the constituency shows that the high-handedness of the Speaker would be upsetting the age long rotation agreement between the three local governments of the constituencies which rotates power amongst itself to maintain harmony.

It is also on record that the incompetence of Fuoh has been a home-story of the people ever since he managed a Micro Finance Bank, the Gembu Community Bank, which was mismanaged, looted and liquidated within 7 months with Fuoh at the helms of management.

Sources within the community also claim he disappeared with savings of his community only to re-emerge years later as Bursar of Federal Polytechnic Taraba.

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