Taraba State House of Assembly has on Tuesday invited ailing Governor, Danbaba Suntai to come and defend his readiness to resume official duties after his arrival to the country.
Danbaba flew in from the United States of America on Sunday, ten months after he survived an air mishap.
The lawmakers’ invitation is in response to a letter by the governor, informing them of his return and desire to take charge.
Attempts by members of the legislature to see him yesterday were futile as security operatives turned them back at the gate of the Government House, Jalingo.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, who briefed newsmen in his office after the Majority Leader, Joseph Albasu, earlier declared that Suntai had taken charge, confirmed that the Deputy Governor, Garba Umar, remains the Acting Governor.
He insisted that Umar will continue until the Assembly decides otherwise.
“Governor Danbaba Suntai has transmitted a letter to the House, but his Deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar, will continue to act, until this Assembly deliberates on the letter,” he said.
“The governor must appear on the floor of the Assembly and speak to us, or some principal officers of the House must go and talk to him in the Government House.”
Tsokwa, who also confirmed that Suntai’s wife, Hauwa, blocked them from seeing the Governor, said the legislature was keen to know his true state of health.
Suntai was flown to Germany before being transferred to an American hospital for treatment following injuries he sustained in a plane crash on October 25, 2012.
However, he has not publicly uttered a word since his return, a situation many see as a proof that he is still not physically and mentally sound.
However, Adamawa state governor, Murtala Nyako, was allowed to see Danbaba on Monday at the Government House.