Segun Awofadeji in Gombe
Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan DanKwambo, has dissociated himself from a video that has now gone viral where he was said to be campaigning for President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
While reacting to the said video which is now in circulation in the social media, Dankwambo, through his Special Assistant on Media, Junaidu Usman Abubakar, in a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday declared that there was no reason for him as a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to campaign for a presidential candidate of another political party.
The governor pointed out that the video is the â€œhandiwork of political detractors within and outside the state who are bent on destroying the political career built over the years which is visible in the performance of the PDP-led administration in the state.â€
While confirming the authenticity of the video, the governor, through his media aide, explained that â€œno, this was his 2015 swearing-in speech at the stadium when President Buhari was elected as the new in-coming president. What is happening is the sponsorship of Abuja-based nPDP members who want to discredit the personality of DanKwambo.â€
He added: â€œThe detractors decided to use the video now because of the growing political influence of Dankwambo. The developmental projects executed by the administration are testimonies to his growing political influence.â€
The governor however reiterated his determination to remain in the PDP and work for its success in the general elections, expressing confidence that the party is now reformed and ready to face the electorate in the 2019 general election.
On the 2019 presidential race, the governor explained that consultations are ongoing and at the appropriate time, a definite pronouncement will be made publicly.
He then called on the people of the state to remain committed to the ideals of the PDP which he said has taken the state to greater heights, assuring them that the party will not let them down in terms of development.