Alhaji Garba Umar, former Taraba acting governor, says it is almost certain that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will take over the state in 2023.
Umar said this at a news conference in Jalingo on Wednesday.
He said that the maneuvering which characterised the selection of the party candidates in the past would not come to play in 2023, as the party has more responsible members at present.
“It is now evident that our party, the APC stands a better chance of taking over power in the state in the coming election.
“As you can see, the party has more responsible and organised people now, I want to assure you that those things that have happen in the past will not happen again.
“We are growing from strength to strength as more people are decamping into our party day by day.
“We need people because it’s the people you have in a political party that give the party the strength to be able to excel,” Umar said.
He said that the recent mass defection of politicians from other political parties to the APC, was a pointer to the fact that the party would triumph in its quest to wrestle power from the ruling PDP in the state.
The former acting governor, however, urged APC stalwarts in the state to be united before and after all processes leading to the nomination and selection of candidates for victory.
Umar also urged them to support whosoever emerged as the party’s candidate in 2023 election.
“I am ready to support whosoever that emerge as the candidate for the party in next election,” he said.
Umar noted that his quest to be the next governor of the state was to continue with the good projects he initiated while serving as the acting governor.
According to him, the people of the state are in need of a leader that will focus on human capital development and security.
“For me, I am in the race to continue with those projects I started that have positive impact on the people.
“I learnt that most, if not all the project’s I started have been abandoned,” he said.
It was reported that Umar, served as a deputy governor to late Gov. Danbaba Suntai.
He served as the acting governor when Suntai had an accident and was taken for treatment in Germany.