By Segun Awofadeji in Gombe
Gombe State Governor and former PDP presidential aspirant, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, suffered a great political blow as he lost his bid to represent Gombe North in Satuday’s election.
Governor Dankwambo was beaten by Senator Saidu Ahmed Alkali, who polled 152,551 votes against Governor Dankwambo’s 88,016 votes in Saturday’s National Assembly election.
The result was announced in Malam Sidi, Kwami Local Government Area around 2:35am on Monday by the Returning Officer, Professor Umar Gurama, of the Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State.
Even though Governor Dankwambo won his Hassan Manzo polling unit with 325 votes as against Alkali’s 212 votes, it was however not enough to secure the two-term governor a senatorial seat.
Governor Dankwambo started smelling his defeat Saturday evening when he couldn’t deliver his party’s (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in his Hassan Manzo ward. Atiku polled 80 votes against Buhari’s 457 votes.
With this defeat, it is becoming doubtful if Governor Dankwambo, who is also Atiku Abubakar’s campaign coordinator for the Northeast could spearhead his party, the PDP, into victory in the governorship election expected in two weeks time.
APC on the other hand is celebrating the defeat, which they said was a clear indication that the PDP was now dead and buried in Gombe State according to its State Publicity Secretary, Naomi Joel Awak.