By Sani Ibrahim
The former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant in Gombe State, Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna has vowed to ensure that President Muhammad Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Gombe State, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya win the 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections respectively. Speaking to journalists recently in Gombe, Jamil said, “we are going to work tirelessly and assiduously to ensure that president Muhammad Buhari wins the 2019 elections and the candidate of the APC in Gombe State Inuwa Yahaya will become the next governor of Gombe state.
Jamilu who decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with a large crowd of followers in Gombe stated that he was not seeking the governorship of the state for his personal gains rather for the development of the young state and its people. “I am not seeking leadership or position of governorship for the sake of becoming the governor of Gombe state but I am doing that because the good people Gombe state have called on me to do so and I have answered to their calls.”
“I am not seeking election for myself iam seeking election for the sake of development, my people and as such I shall continue to make myself available to render my services to my people the good people of Gombe state, wherever and in whatever capacity I found myself. APC is our new home and we are ready to collaborate or partner with any good person or organizations that have something good for our people. That we vowed to do and that we shall do with the last blood in our vessels,” he said.
According to him, “having considered what transpired during the just concluded PDP gubernatorial primaries that took place at the banquet hall of the Gombe state government house I felt that Gombe state will not be adequately, justifiably and judiciously represented by the PDP in the state therefore, I belief we have to seek an alternative that will represent the aspirations of the good people of the state.” He said the aspirations he is seeking to represent cannot be realized under the PDP because the actions of the governor and his likes have clearly demonstrated that PDP as a party will not guaranty the actualization of the dreams of the good people of Gombe state. “Having consulted with my people, the good people of Gombe State, we have come to the inevitable conclusion to leave the PDP and decamp to the APC in order to actualise our dreams of taking Gombe to the promise land. And having carefully reviewed our position, we felt that the aspirations of the good people of Gombe state being a young state and with all the hopes of a young state will be best represented by the APC. I therefore, declared that as from this moment I and all my followers wherever they are in Gombe state will be members of the All Progressives congress (APC)
With this new development which Jamil has already sealed a deal with the APC gubernatorial candidate in the state, political observers are of the opinion that APC will surely form the new government in Gombe and that as marked the end of PDP rule in the state. The crowd and jubilations that greeted Jamil decampment to APC is a clear testimony that APC will no doubt form a government come 2019.
This writer was reliably told that many executive members of the party as well as elders in Gombe may likely dump PDP and join Jamil Ishaka Gwamna to APC this week. In an event where this postulation comes to reality, the action will mark the end of the party. PDP in Gombe will finally be buried this week. This goes to tell how powerful Jamil Ishaka Gwamna, the Sardunan Gombe is. He is apparently a force to reckon with. T
Sani is a public affairs analyst from Gombe.