From David Hassan, Gombe
An aggrieved aspirant in the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries for the office of the governor of Gombe State, Dr Jamil Gwamna has expressed resolve to lead his supporters en masse into the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
Gwamna was one of the contestants in the Gombe governorship primaries of the PDP, who aspired to succeed Governor Hassan Dankwambo, now an aspirant for the PDP presidential ticket in the 2019 election.
However, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and serving senator, Usman Bayero Nafada, emerged winner and PDP flag bearer for the guber poll amid protest over allegations of irregularities. Gwamna has already defected to the APC in protest.
A statement issued yesterday by Ibrahim Sani, an aide to Gwamna, said that “On the night of the violence that marred PDP governorship primaries, news filtered in that the delegates had resolved to vote Dr. Jamilu Gwamna as the PDP candidate ahead of 2019, in view of the many voices from religious to traditional, social and those of the youths for the Sardaunan Gombe to become the next Governor.
“Gombe metropolis went agog as elders, religious and traditional leaders were anxiously anticipating the pronouncement of JIG as the winner of the primaries while the youths took to the streets to keep vigil as they danced round only for the election to be disrupted.
“The implication of this will play out in clear pictures when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will lift its embargo on campaigns and the Sardaunan Gombe, alongside all his supporters, will merge with those of the APC in a rally for President MuhammaduBuhari and Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya and our shining light in the senate: Senator Danjuma Goje. The effect of this highly anticipated rally will send some PDP chieftains abroad for cardiac arrest check-up,” the statement said.
The statement noted that while every high ranking politician is as good as his supporters, adding that Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna has one of the strongest support-base in terms of followership and will exploit that in support of APC victory in Gombe State and for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Whether we like it or not, political pundits have ranked the Sardaunan Gombe as one of the extremely rooted philanthropists whose belief and unrelenting resolve to quest for better living standards for the people of Gombe state have made many of his supporters to insist unrepentantly on following JIG to any destination because of the trust they have in him that he would lead them aright.
“This has made JIG a political asset to any political party that means well for the people of Gombe. So it is for any party that seeks to retain or return to power. It is sheer negligence of the political wind that is blowing in Gombe now that would make the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to toy with such a force as Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna.”
“In as much as JIG’s exit is a curse for the PDP, it is on the other hand a blessing to the APC,’’ the statement quoted an authority as saying.