It began far again in 1999 underneath the management of the then chairman of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) in Taraba State, Hon. Abdulazak Musa, when the social gathering defeated the foremost opposition social gathering within the state, All Nigeria Peoples Social gathering (ANPP).
The then former Governor Jolly Nyame who was the primary elected governor of the state from 1992 to 1993 throughout navy rule gained the governorship election in 1999 underneath the platform of the PDP.
The state is split into three senatorial districts predominantly Christians whereas the Muslims dominate the central senatorial district.
For the reason that return of democracy in 1999, the PDP nominates their governorship candidates from the Christian aspect.
Nyame from the northern senatorial district was a Christian from Zing native authorities space of the state. He contested in opposition to Ahmed Jalingo, a Fulani Muslim governorship candidate of the ANPP from Jalingo native authorities space additionally from the identical senatorial district.
Nyame, a Mumuye man from the bulk tribe of the northern senatorial district gained his reelection in 2003 nonetheless underneath the platform of the PDP even when he contested in opposition to one other Christian Obadiah Ando.
Ando, the then governorship candidate of the primary opposition social gathering within the state in 2003, ANPP is a Jukun man, one of many majority tribes and in addition a Christian from Wukari, southern Taraba.
In 2007, the PDP nominated one other Christian, the late Pharmacist Danbaba Suntai from Bali native authorities space of Taraba State from the central senatorial district.
The foremost contestant in opposition to Suntai was Ahmed Yusuf, a Muslim from Jalingo native authorities space of the state; the governorship candidate of Motion Congress (AC), Suntai of the PDP gained the 2007 governorship election of the state.
Suntai, a Christian and an Ichen man, a minority tribe gained his reelection in 2011 nonetheless underneath the platform of the PDP, the governorship election was keenly contested with Joel Danlami Ikenya, a Christian and a Jukun man from Wukari, Ikenya contested underneath the platform of AC.
The late Suntai had a aircraft conflict and was significantly injured throughout his second time period because the governor of Taraba State; his deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar, a Muslim from Karim Lamido native authorities space from the northern senatorial district succeeded him as Performing Governor.
The tussle to cease the swearing in of Umar as substantive governor of the state ignited collection of constitutional disaster which led to the return of the previous deputy governor of Suntai Alhaji Abubaka Danladi who was impeached few months earlier than Suntai had the aircraft conflict.
Danladi, additionally a Muslim from Karim Lamido accomplished the tenure of Suntai as performing governor until 2015.
Within the 2015 governorship election, the PDP nominated Darius Ishaku, a Jukun Christian from Takum native authorities space of the state as its governorship candidate whereas the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominated the late Sen Aisha Jumai Alhassan, popularly generally known as Mama Taraba, a Muslim from Jalingo native authorities space.
Whereas Ishaku was declared winner of the 2015 governorship election, Mama Taraba headed to courtroom, contested the result of the election until the Supreme Courtroom determined in favour of Ishaku.
In 2019, Governor Ishaku gained his reelection, the foremost opposition within the race was the previous deputy governor of the state, Abubakar Danladi, a Muslim from Karim-Lamido.
Ishaku was stated to have gotten his nomination from 2015 with the help of Gen TY Danjuma (rtd), a really highprofile character influenced the approaching of Ishaku as governor via the previous Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
Throughout the previous eight years of Ishaku’s administration, Danjuma grew to become a daily customer within the state, initiating and establishing tasks, not like throughout Nyame and Suntai period.
Danjuma after putting in Ishaku because the governor of the state, was additionally dedicated to the state’s political affairs by influencing choices to convey on board some political appointees and elected positions.
The previous Chief of Military employees was additionally very influential within the simply concluded governorship election in Taraba State.
Danjuma’s choices grew to become very highly effective within the state such that every one governorship, senatorial and different political workplace seekers began frequenting his Lagos residence searching for his blessings.
LEADERSHIP Weekend reliably gathered that the Taraba State governor-elet, Col Agbu Kefas (rtd) was anointed by Danjuma. Whereas Kefas was the state chairman of the PDP, he was but to finish his tenure, Danjuma insisted that Kefas should resign and be nominated because the governorship candidate of the social gathering in Taraba State.
All those that had been within the contest couldn’t resist the want of Danjuma together with Governor Ishaku. Kefas was subsequently nominated because the PDP governorship candidate and subsequently governor-elect, although it was allegedly not the selection of the aPDP and Ishaku.
Agbu of PDP is a Christian Jukun man from Wukari. He contested within the election with Prof Sani Yahaya of the NNPP, a Fulani Muslim man from Gasol native authorities space from the central senatorial district of the state.
It’s subsequently apparent to state that faith has extra coronation within the state politics than tribal sentiment. It’s also essential to notice that as at now, Danjuma is a extra severe power within the state politics than some other politician.