Still reeling from the shocking judgment by the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that he should vacate office for the swearing-in of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Aisha Alhassan, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State on Saturday vowed that his mandate will not be stolen by the devil.
He made the declaration at the Jolly Nyame Sports Complex, Jalingo, during the swearing-in of 20 commissioners.
The commissioners are: Rebecca Manasseh, Abubakar Sule Ndeme, Yhonnas Ngemi, Atosuma James Gani, Lois Emmanuel, Jesse Adi Ashumate, Gambo Ude Endafo, Tafarki Agbadu, Iliyasu Ajibu and Gowon Emmanuel.
Others are: Abba Akawu Zagga, Musa Karanty, Alhassan Hamman, Aminu Jika, Innocent Vakkai, David Ishaya, Musa Dakka, Anthony Danburam, Yusuf Nya Akirikwen and Alexander Senlo.
Governor Ishaku inaugurated the commissioners without announcing their portfolios.
Ishaku, who said the tribunal erred and that he has filed an appeal, urged his commissioners to join hands with him to restore the lost glory of the state.
The governor noted that expectations were high from indigenes of Taraba State for his cabinet members to hit the ground running.
Speaking on the tribunal ruling that sacked him from office, Gov. Ishaku insisted that “Last Saturday’s judgment by the governorship election petition tribunal was not what the people of the state expected”.
According to him, “Tarabans unanimously agreed and gave me their free mandate to work for them and there is no way we will allow the devil to steal the mandate given to me.
“Our God is not a partial God; we have faith that the Court of Appeal will reverse the tribunal’s bizarre ruling.
“The tribunal that sacked me from office has no jurisdiction to a pre-election matter. This kind of judgment by the tribunal can lead to anarchy”.