(BAZENEWS) Taraba politics is always interesting to witness but difficult to analyze. From 1991 to 2019 Taraba politics has recorded a serious political impasse among the political gladiators.
Since becoming the Deputy Governor in 2007, His Excellency Sani Abubakar Danladi has been the most luckiest and controversial politician in the State.
The question is why is Senator Sani Danladi a man to watch in Taraba politics in 2023? What makes him lucky or controversial?
Sani Contact as he is popularly known is lucky when he was picked to serve as the running mate with late former Governor Danbaba Danfulani Sunta in 2006. Their joint ticket was re-elected in 2011 without much problem.
However, the controversy of Sani Contact started when he was illegally removed in 2012 by Governor Suntai based on trumped-up charges. As an obedient and democratic citizen, he challenged his removal up to the Supreme Court for lack of fair hearing and violations of his fundamental human rights and privileges.
After series of dirty politics against him, the Supreme Court reinstated him as Acting Governor in 2014 for the remaining six months of their tenure and he enjoyed all rights and privileges of the Governor’s office with all his entitlement paid.
In 2015, after delivering Taraba state to the People’s Democratic Party, he also won the Senate seat for Taraba North at the Red Chamber. The unwholesome baggage of the political calculations and machinations of the 2015 governorship elections led to the loss of seats through a Supreme Court ruling in 2017 to Senator Shuaibu Isa Lau.
Sani Danladi felt betrayed by his political comrades he quickly took a calculated step and decamped to All Progressives Congress and joined forces with “Integrity Group” a strong faction in APC against late Senator Aisha-Jummai Alhassan a serving Minister of Women Affairs then.
In preparation for the 2019 gubernatorial election, the APC State Congress was won by his camp with the majority, and subsequently, in governorship primaries, he won the hotly contested and controversial primaries.
Before the 2019 election, a Federal High Court, Jalingo ruled that he is not qualified to contest due to age disparity in his documents. Despite, the challenge he went ahead to contest the governorship election which he lost to Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku who in 2019 scored the highest votes according to INEC.
Sani Danladi challenged governor Darius’ victory at Election Tribunal but the case was later struck out on the technical ground that his Counsel did not meet up at the time given to tender submission.
Bothered by the case Sani Danladi filed another case in 2021 seeking the nullification and clarification of the position earlier taken on March 6 at Federal High Court, Jalingoon a pre-election matter. In nearly three hours Judgment today 15th October 2021, the presiding Judge Justice Simon Amobeda ruled that he set aside the earlier judgment of 2019 as null and void. He went ahead to cite examples of cases of similar context; Supreme Court vs Dingyadi, INEC vs Okoro Ugwuanyi, and Kogi vs INEC respectively.
The political implication of the judgment is that Sani Danladi is now cleared to contest the 2023 election in Taraba State. Since the court has done an about-turn.
Many pundits believe that Sani Danladi is facing a deep-rooted political conspiracy against him by his political opponents. That it is a fact Sani Danladi is always at the eyes of the storm in Taraba politics for he is the only surviving powerful politician elected at the highest level in the state after governors Jolly Nyameh and Danbaba Suntai. The fact remains that he is even the one who brought governor Darius to power
The judgment has ring an alarm bell ad nauseam in Taraba. As a firebrand politician in Taraba Sani Danladi will use his connections, structures, resources, and support groups that have already started mobilizing what may be an all-powerful political movement of the C2C for Taraba governor come 2023.
Sani Danladi’s greatest assets are his experience, knowledge of state politics, and youth supporters. He is reported to have said he knows Taraba politics better than most of the politicians jostling for the number one seat in the state. He knows the problem and he can fix it.
The unanswered question is Sani Danladi the luckiest or controversial son of Taraba State as far as politics is concerned? This will remain a puzzle of political pundits in Taraba and Nigeria at large.
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