Danbaba Suntai

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Danbaba Suntai
Executive Governor of Taraba State
In office
29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015
Preceded by Jolly Nyame
Succeeded by Darius Ishaku
Personal details
Born (1961-06-30) 30 June 1961 (age 55)
Suntai, Bali LGA, Taraba State

Danbaba Danfulani Suntai (born 30 June 1961) is a pharmacist who was elected as Executive Governor of Taraba State, Nigeria running for the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007.[1] He ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.[2]


Danbaba Danfulani Suntai was born on 30 June 1961 at Suntai Town in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State. He attended Federal Government College, Kano (1975–1980) and the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1980–1981). He was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University where he read Pharmacy and graduated in 1984. He did his internship at Yola Specialist Hospital and his National Youth Service at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, Ogun State (1985–1986). He then worked at the General Hospital, Ganye in old Gongola State until 1991.[3]

Early political career[edit]

Danbaba Suntai was elected Chairman of Bali Local Government (1989–1993). Joining the Taraba State civil service, he was Director-General of the Taraba State Ministry of Agriculture and National Resources (1994–1996).[3] In the 1999 elections, he was State chairman of the All People's Party (APP), when the PDP narrowly defeated the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP).[4] In 2000, he became Chairman of Taraba State Investment and Properties Ltd. He was appointed Commissioner of the Ministry of Education (2000–2003), and worked at the Ministry of Health (2003–2005) before becoming Secretary to the Taraba State Government (2005–2007).[3]

Governor of Taraba State[edit]

Taraba State in Nigeria

In the run-up to the 2007 elections, Danladi Baido won the PDP gubernatorial primaries but was later disqualified.[5] Two months before the election the PDP national secretariat replaced Baido by Danbaba Suntai, who had not stood in the primaries. Baido and lent his support to Suntai, and in April 2007 Suntai won election as Governor of Taraba State. After the elections, relations between Suntai and Baido soured. The unsuccessful Action Congress candidate challenged the switch of PDP candidates and in February 2008 Baido joined this suit.[6] In February 2009 Danladi Baido petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro over alleged SMS messages from Danbaba Suntai threatening to harm him and his family if he continued to appeal the election.[7] In June 2009 Baido claimed that an attempt had been made to assassinate him, linking the incident to the alleged threats.[8]

During his tenure as governor Danbaba Suntai made efforts to fight corruption, crime and lack of discipline, while delegating authority and providing funds to the Local Government Areas.[4] In January 2009 a group of Concerned Indigenes of Taraba State sent a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), with a copy to President Umaru Yar'Adua, concerning alleged fraudulent financial practices in Suntai's administration. Claims included unnecessary imports of foreign cars, use of foreign rather than local workers, and inflated road building contracts.[9]

In October 2009 Suntai said he strongly supported religious and moral teaching aimed at reducing juvenile delinquency, crime and other vices. He said his administration was strongly behind both the Christian and Islamic faiths since both religions teach peace, love and unity.[10] He initiated reforms to make local government administration more transparent. Among other effects, the monthly pension bill dropped from N33 million to N22 million, while pensioners began getting more regular payments.[11] In November 2009 Danbaba Suntai commissioned a N540 million computerized stone-crushing and asphalt plant to provide road building materials. The plant was constructed by the state government but to be operated on a fully commercial basis.[12]

Suntai ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Bunmi Awolusi (April 29, 2011). "Kaduna, Bauchi hold peaceful elections". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State". Nigeria Governors Forum. Retrieved 2010-1-15.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ a b Ahmed Wakili (23 November 2009). "Landmines in Suntai's Second Term Bid". Daily Champion. Retrieved 2010-1-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ Fanen Ihyongo (4/09/2009). "Suntai's, Nyame's rift deepens". The Nation. Retrieved 2010-1-17.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  6. ^ Yakubu Danbala (21 February 2008). "Danbaba Vs Baido - The Heat Goes On". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 2010-1-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Augustine Osayande (March 2009). "Baido Writes Okiro Over Suntai's Threats". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-1-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ Fidelis Mac-Leva (30 June 2009). "Baido Alleges Assassination Attempt". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-1-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ Stanley Yakubu (25 January 2009). "Corruption in Taraba - Group Wants Gov Suntai Investigated". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 2010-1-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ Chuwang Dungs (2 October 2009). "Suntai Vows to Promote Religious Teachings". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 2010-1-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ Chuwang Dungs (4 January 2010). "Taraba Local Councils Reform - Matters Arising". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved 2010-1-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ Ahmed Wakili (9 November 2009). "Suntai Commissions N450 Million Stone-Crushing Plant". Daily Champion. Retrieved 2010-1-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)