By a Special Correspondent
The Taraba State Government on Friday announced Suleiman Sambo as the Kpanti Zing-elect to succeed late Abass Sambo who died in the 2015 Hajj stampede in Mecca. The Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bello Yero, disclosed this at a news conference in Jalingo.
Mr. Yero said the confirmation followed Mr. Sambo’s election by the 22 kingmakers of the Zing kingdom. He disclosed that Mr. Sambo polled 22 votes to defeat four other candidates who got no votes each. “Five persons; Alhaji Muhammed Tumba, Alhaji Abdu Kombranko, Malam Dahiru Kombranko, Alhaji Abubakar Kombranko and Alhaji Suleiman Sambo contested for the post. “Sambo polled the available 22 votes to defeat four other candidates who got zero votes each,” he said.
The permanent secretary said the final pronouncement and coronation would soon be done by Governor Darius Ishaku after due consultation with the Taraba Traditional Council.
He urged the people of Zing to remain law abiding and cooperate with the new chief to enhance development in the area.