The Secretary, Taraba State Primary Health Development Agency Mrs. Indo Mackson sets for Court redress after the forceful denial of party ticket.
The 2023 People’s democratic Party (PDP) primaries across the sixteen (16) local governments in Taraba state for the seat of member house of assembly have been hitch-free and fair election process and procedures.
There are eight aspirants in Donga, all of them are hoping for the governor’s blessing. They include Nyitar ward’s Nashuka Ipeyen, who served two terms as deputy chairman of the Donga local government and is now serving his second term as substantive chairman of the council. Indo Mackson is a Kumbo ward native who married in Nyita. She works for the Taraba State Primary Health Development Agency as secretary. Engineer Ushiki Danladi is a retired permanent secretary, and Titus Vojiki of the Dutse ward served as the state’s accountant general during the Sani Danladi and Ishaku administrations.
Hon. Eric UJ Yohanna of Nyitan and Nichodemus Ali of Dutse ward are the other candidates. Nico was the director of finance of the Taraba State Basic Education Board until his election. He has a sizable interest in the hospitality industry, which he has spread over some of the state’s local governments. Senator UJ Yohanna’s scion, Yohanna, hails from Nyita ward. Governor Ishaku’s counsel, he recently quit to pursue his political ambitions. Philip Angulu Kadiri is from the Dutse ward of Samso. He worked with the EFCC for a short time and is now a businessman in Abuja. Last but not least, Gata-aure ward’s Yahaya Ali Kumbo. Yahaya is a businessman from Lagos. Surprisingly, only four of the eight candidates met the community’s criteria.
Out of this combo of caliber and capacity, strong, agile and formidable candidates, a woman with a heart of gold and determination in person of Hon. Indo Mackson popularly known as Maman Taraba emerged victorious for the first time in the history of southern Taraba state.
This came as a shocker to other aspirants and contenders in the just concluded polls. Indo Mackson of reputable character and humanitarian services to peoples both within and across the state can be testified as reason for her winning.
However, in a popular adage it is widely said that when two elephants fight, the grass suffers. This is the present situation of Indo as the power tussle for the seat of Member Federal House of Representatives between Majority Leader of Taraba State House of Assembly (Member representing Donga local government) Hon. Capt. Douglas Ndatse Rtd. and Chief of Staff to the Governor of Taraba State Hon Istifanus Gbana had a tie at the primaries vote of 43 against 43 to clinch the PDP ticket for the 2023 general polls.
The fight between these two giants after an alleged rerun had Hon. Istifanus Gbana to win the PDP ticket for the federal house of representatives for the 2023 general polls to defeat the incumbent member house of assembly representing Donga local government Hon. Capt. Douglas Ndatse rtd.
This scenario twisted and maneuvered the victory of Hon. Indo Mackson for the ticket of member house of assembly representing Donga local government after the forceful retention of her ticket and an alleged imposition and presentation of her ticket to one Hon. Capt. Douglas Ndatse rtd. who have neither purchased the form nor participated in the screening and election processes of PDP primary elections house of assembly Donga local government.
The governor of Taraba state has kept silent on the issue after several calls and cries upon this gender sentiment expressed towards a woman who has been denied of her own mandate.
As it is now, Hon. Indo is set to seek redress in court over this broad daylight robbery and abuse of her gender which is being used against her to steal away her mandate from her. This comes after all efforts put forth are not being heard and unfruitful.
Her legal redress is set not only to the court of law but also other human rights groups, ministry of women affairs and office of the First Lady Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Hon. Indo is currently the secretary, Taraba State Primary Health Development Agency.