2nd December 2017 will go down in history as the only persistent opposition stronghold of Taraba State since 1999 has been conquered by the ruling party of Taraba State. All thanks to the Game changer, His Excellency, Haruna Manu.
It is worthy of note that PDP won in 1999, 2003 and 2007 in Gassol at all levels and concerted efforts were put in place to reclaim the zone with over 75% victory in favor of PDP in the just concluded Local Government polls.
The crowd size was unprecedented and the support given by residents and community leaders were overwhelming. No report of any form of violence, neither were there room for security alertness. It was as if it was another Gassol indigents in Gassol Local Government Area.
One of the major highlights of the day was the passing of vote of confidence on the government of His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku and endorsing the DDI/HM ticket for another run and tenure in 2019.
To make this move of reposing confidence on the incumbent Governor assuring, prominent opposition leaders and APC faithfuls decamped to formally join the Peoples’ Democratic Party for the first time since 1999 and also the return of aggrieved PDP members to their home party were warmly received by the indefatigable bulldozer and power steering Taraba State Chairman of the PDP, Honorable Victor Bala Kona.
During the session of remarks, the Deputy Governor of Taraba State, His Excellency Haruna Manu, and the son of the soil was received with an exhilarating ovation as he made his entrance with an entourage of government functionaries.
Alhaji Adamu Babatatu one of the stalwart of political permutation in the Central zone of Taraba State applauded the Deputy Governor for hosting over 10,000 people and made open the roles and impact of their illustrious son, stating that His Excellency Haruna Manu has an unbeatable record and precedence in alleviating the sufferings of his people and meeting the yearning of the common man in Gassol-Bali Federal Constituency. Alhaji Babatatu amongst others mentioned impeccable projects like Town Hall built, Bore holes, youth and women empowerment, Scholarships, Hajj sponsorship, motorcycles and vehicles empowerment to ease transportation problems and ensuring security and peace are among his many accomplishments.
Several speakers took turns to recognize the achievements of the Deputy Governor and in extension believe that the DDI-Manu ticket is a dream comes true for Taraba.
Acknowledging the accolades showered on him and his principal, His Excellency categorically called on his people to have faith in the government of Taraba State ably led by His Excellency Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, the Executive Governor. He mentioned the privileges enjoyed by the people of Gassol and all of central zone from the DDI led government.
He, again charged his people to be resilient, peaceful and supportive to the current government and expect better and greater landmark projects and people-oriented empowerment. He adjured Gassolites to embrace the Rescue Mission and bring back the Rescue team in 2019.
The occasion came to a close a little later after special cultural and traditional recipes and rendition spiced the event. This rally is much to be remembered for breaking the jinx of festering political opposition in the Central zone, especially, Gassol
David Charima wrote it