In Taraba, Tivs Accuse APC of Causing Disaffection against Ishaku

October 12, 2016, 3:25 am

Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA), the umbrella body of all Tiv people in Taraba state, on Tuesday, accused the state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of sponsoring people to cause disaffection against the state governor, Darius Ishaku.

Reacting to the petition written by a group of persons to protest the renaming of Dan Anacha community in Gassol local government to Kwararafa, TCSA said the petition was aimed at dragging the Tivs in the state into the politics of hatred, blackmail and mischief ahead 2019 elections.

Some people, led by Mr Jacob Gbagede had written a four page petition against Ishaku and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah, over the renaming of the town.

But addressing a press conference yesterday in Jalingo, President General of TCSA, Mr Goodman Dahida revealed that besides the petition, some desperate politicians behind the petition have also perfected plans to hire lawyers to sue the governor and the state government over the renaming of the town.

According to him "We have reliably gathered that some top members of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state have cashed in on the purported change of the name of Dan Anacha to Kwararafa and are sponsoring the petitioners to cause disaffection.

"Apart from the petition and the press conference they addressed, we have also gathered that their sponsors have perfected plans to hire lawyers to sue the governor and the state government over the said change of name. We have viewed the petition as purely the handiwork of desperate politicians who want to drag us into the politics of hatred, blackmail and mischief ahead of 2019 elections"

Dahida noted that TCSA is the only authentic voice of Tiv people in Taraba state stressing that the persons that signed the petition does not have the mandate to do speak for or on behalf of the entire Tiv in the state.

He further disclosed that the two traditional rulers in the immediate community, Ter Tiv Gassol, Zaki Simon Erentsa and the Maiangwa of Dan Anacha,  Zaki Daniel Mbaterem, both of whom were present at the press conference were not aware of the petition otherwise, they would have nipped it in the bud.

Dahida equally noted that over the years, TCSA had employed dialogue and other diplomatic channels in resolving issues and thus did not believe in petitions and being confrontational as best ways of resolving issues.

Expressing the association's readiness to dialogue with the government and relevant bodies in addressing the issues as they affect Tiv people, Dahida maintained that their immediate concern is the security and welfare of Tivs in the villages who needed rehabilitation and proper reintegration in their communities.

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