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BREAKING NEWS: Taban Deng seizes NEC office in Bentiu, refuses to accept defeat


April 20, 2010 (BENTIU, Unity state) – The incumbent caretaker governor of the oil-rich Unity state has refused to accept defeat in the gubernatorial elections, threatening the State High Elections Committee to declare him the winner irrespective of results.

Unity state Governor Taban Deng Gai

The overall results received by the electoral body in the state have shown that his main challenger, Angelina Teny, is far ahead of him by more than 24,000 extra votes.

An official close to NEC office in Bentiu who spoke on condition of anonymity told Sudan Tribune that governor’s security officers had controlled the NEC’s branch office and were conducting forceful dialogue with the electoral staff, threatening them to declare Taban as winner.

He said senior officials in the state were consulting with the President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit to intervene and allow for the free and fair announcement of the gubernatorial results in the state.

“Taban Deng Gai should be told to accept defeat in a democratic and peaceful atmosphere,” the official added.

The gubernatorial candidates were scheduled to sign for the elections results today (Tuesday) in the NEC’s office during which losers were expected to accept defeat before announcement of the winner.

State officials across the country were also making consultations to respond to the situation and avoid any resort to violence until the issue is resolved peacefully.


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  • 20 April 2010 23:13, by Kur

    We must keep peace for the sake of our future in order not to fall into the hands of our worse enemies. Mr. Deng then should accept defeat as an act of political wisdom.


    • 21 April 2010 01:35, by Joseph Makuer


      We need to give women more opportunities too. They are a part of the movement. And we need to aware for this reaction of comrade Taban whether is true that he did it or not. Sometime things are reported without anything to prove them that they happened. Winning mean winning and losing mean losing. Mrs. Angelina Teny deserve the seat if the NEC declare her winning. And I want you to remember that the election has some questioning world wide...


    • 21 April 2010 01:55, by Chakin Riek Rah

      Hey buddies, Taban Deng was not defeated yet. Do not speculate that Angelina Teny is a winner. It is not announced yet who the winner is. I believe, governor Taban will still be the winner of this contest. Taban is a stronger leader if we have to tell the truth; do not forget that we are still in the bush and apparently in another fight against the north.

      You Angelina’s supporters, you are not trying to build up a strongly united state or in general in southern Sudan. Instead you are trying to break it down. We can’t allow a vulnerable leadership to exist in southern Sudan anymore, partcularly since it an oil-rich state. We need a strong leadership, no matter who the winner is.

    • 21 April 2010 01:56, by Jimmy Taban

      Name sick and your Excellency Taban Deng, it is time to accept the will of the people to override the will of the Gun. If the people have decided quietly step down and appreciate their decision. You have done a lot in this state and your leadership is memorable and will continue to remain in the mind of the sons and daughters of Bentiu. We lead people but if the people have said no, let them try someone else.

      Let us accept and acknowledge that leadership is not a male dominated world, the women can do it as we men and better. If Angelina Teny is the peoples choice let it be so.
      The government still needs you especially as we enter the hard time in history of Sudan.
      This also goes to many expectant candidate who may not make it and be rejected by the people by Thursday as the counting of the poles comes to an end. Let us use the out come of these election to reflect our past and check both our weakness and strength in the past six years since the signing of the CPA.

      For those coming into leadership, should not repeat the same mistakes of their predecessors and should try to fulfill their manifesto instead of looting public money to enrich their bank account.

      We pray that the almighty God to touch your heart so that you may see the future of the country more than the election.

      May God Bless you.
      Tabu Jimmy -London

    • 21 April 2010 02:15, by MJriaksdca

      Politicians like my governor needs to know that in democracy positions of leadership or authority are like an egg in a spoon that a contestant is holding in a mouth. Once the contestant lets the egg slide off the spoon, it falls on to the ground and can never be recovered. His excellency, Brig. Taban has let his egg fall and can never recover it at this point in time. He must set his eyes to Juba now for another post. Thank you for all the things you have done.

      My message to Teny is that most leaders have always fallen in the same traps of leadership failure. Remember, you are an African in Africa where extreme poverty has existed for millions of years. You will be a Messiah if you make any significant different from Taban, otherwise, all your election rhetorics will only just be in vain during your term. As of now I am your supporter.

    • 21 April 2010 13:57, by Simple Man

      Oh Oh, you are right Mr Kur,our former governor Taban should accept the people’s choice and pack his things to seek for other opportunity at GOSS level. The GOSS president should come in here to intervene so that Taban concede his defeat.

      It is good to be respected among your people if you do obey their choice. this is a very good lesson that all the southern leaders/rulers should learn about democracy.

      May the spirit of democracy continue prevailing in Unity state.

      God Bless Uinty state citizens.
      By Simple man

  • 21 April 2010 00:33, by Dinka Boy

    There is problem here in this less SPLM state.
    The forceful losing of honorable governor Taban Deng Gai means alot to the the State of Unity State. He did great during his governorship,but the hatred force him to lose. Aneglina is less leader than Taban according to my understanding.
    I witness Deng Admininstration in Itang ;therefore, he is a great leader.

  • 21 April 2010 01:13, by oshay

    This is a despicable act and should be a warning to all Southerners that think an Oasis will be found out of the Independence of the South. If there isn’t radical change,the rule of the jungle will continue under this corrupt SPLM.

    • 21 April 2010 02:41, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

      Sir. Taban Deng. I advice you not to commit any inappropriate action toward a defeating result, its common in democracy process today you are defeated and tomorrow you will be defeating someone’s else and so on. Therefore, when the law says it compulsory to adapt the rule of law its means every one should abide for that rules,otherwise our future will not be as well as other world.
      I beg your excellency pardon not to resist the election law in the country specially south Sudan.

  • 21 April 2010 01:46, by Thyinka

    I think it is time for Gov. Taban to give it up and plot his political comeback. His adversaries have been smarter and he has been continuously losing all kinds of elections including the one in which SPLM state chairpersons were elected. He should sit back and try to learn new ways of playing electoral politics. He can be accomodated by Goss in other capacities as a member of SPLM. There are several ways to serve one’s country. Let one strive to serve the people and get power as a result rather than seek power in order to serve people.

  • 21 April 2010 01:48, by David Chiengkou

    Taban Deng Need to understand that he was one of the people who signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which includes the clause of free and fair election. He need to accept the defeat if at all Angelina Teny had defeated him in the is election.

    It is time to allow a free passage to a new leadership in order to allow us to prepare for the Referendum 2011.


  • 21 April 2010 02:12, by Chol Mading

    What a sad news for the people of Unity State. Taban want to hold on to the governorship until he dies. Theses are types of leaders we have as African and President Kiir must discourage these types of actions and move Taban peacefully. Our people can’t afford bloodshed again.

    There is such a brighter future for him (Taban) and he can come back again next time. This action may even hurt his political ambition and our party, SPLM in general.

    Unity State is neither Taban’s property nor SPLM, it belongs to people and the people have spoken. Taban should just arrange peaceful transition and evacuate the palace/mansion.


    • 21 April 2010 02:42, by wang

      Chol Mading! The thristy for leadership in African is a one of the most single killers and that will drive everyone of us extinction Bro- You see now, brother Taban Deng is making too many excuses by trying to creat a conflict among Nuer. Please Taban hand this office to this middle age lady peacefully.

  • 21 April 2010 02:35, by Controller

    To coward Taban Deng Agai

    You must accept defeat whether you like it or not, one way or another. It is time for you to go and look for another post in Juba.


  • 21 April 2010 04:07, by kuminyandi

    Dear Southerners,

    If this is true and not rumors, I think Cdr Taban needs to concede and congratulate Ms. Angelina. I’m one of Taban supporter, but I think (here) democracy should have a chance and let it prevails so that all of us can sit good examples for others to follow in Africa. We don’t need violence and troubles to plague any places in the South. Let’s put our political differences aside and build Southern Sudan. whether it be Bentiu, Rumbek, Bor, Juba, or anywhere in the South, is still our lands & people. So let’s all be winners and no losers. Thanks


    • 21 April 2010 11:21, by Dengtaath

      You all commented cheerfully in this case of Taban Deng and unity state, if this is how we judge things, we can wisely execute them. One of the writer said that he is a Taban Deng supporter, but if defeated in a democratic election, he agreed to give democracy a chance. Ithink this is how we can restore peace and build our nation, this attempt from Taban Deng is devil, it cannot and will not help him.

      • 21 April 2010 12:35, by Beny de Piny

        As a citizen of Panrieng county, I do condemn the act of Panrieng commisioner and I would like to assure all that what happened does not represent the view of county`s citizens, just Mabek is doing it because he is a handpick commisioner and not a qualify politician and not even a qualify military officer because he is missing many fingers and one eye that is why he is doing what ever it takes to make Taban winning in order to get any ministerial postion. Mabek knows that the entire population of Panrieng will not vote for Taban that is why all voting forms were diverted and used by the integrated forces deployed at Jou area for them to vote for Taban using the army orders. Taban and his allies will go no matter what it takes.
        Final advise is to Non-Western Upper Nile Citizens, there is no business concerning you, just leave the state`s citizens alone otherwise you are crying after 2% money of which Taban use to bribes some individuals from Werrap, abeyie and Jonglei leaving state workers with more than six months with out salaries.

        Peace to the peace lovers and failure to selfish criminals pretending to be good leaders while not really.

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