Why they are against Dankwambo

Daily Trust - - VIEWS - By Gimba Marafa

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The Voice of Amer­ica (VOA) Hausa Ser­vice pro­gramme ‘Tsaka Mai Wuya’ on Gombe State, which run for about four weeks, made an in­ter­est­ing lis­ten­ing. The se­ries, which ended on March 11, fea­tured Bar­ris­ter Mo­hammed Ma­gaji Doho de­fend­ing for­mer Gover­nor Mo­hammed Dan­juma Goje, while Bar­ris­ter Achana Gayus spoke for Gover­nor Ibrahim Dankwambo.

The pro­gramme cre­ated some mis­con­cep­tions that should be cor­rected. First, Doho in­sin­u­ated that Gover­nor Dankwambo was be­hind the EFCC ar­raign­ing Goje at the Federal High Court in Gombe on charges of fraud. This is not true. But since Doho be­lieves that Goje made a wrong judge­ment in pick­ing Dankwambo as his suc­ces­sor, and since he claimed it was a sin­gle-handed de­ci­sion, he should have gone ahead to ac­knowl­edge that it was Al­lah’s divine in­ter­ven­tion to save Gombe and its people from the un­ac­cept­able dy­nasty that they so des­per­ately wanted to cre­ate.

The truth, which Doho should have been coura­geous enough to tell, is that then-Gover­nor Goje ac­tu­ally pre­ferred to in­stall his son in-law as gover­nor. When this was re­sisted by party lead­ers, he switched his sup­port to a for­mer com­mis­sioner who was also re­jected by the good people of Gombe State. That in-law could not even win the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives elec­tion in the end.

It was the re­jec­tion of both pre­ferred can­di­dates that forced Goje to look for an al­ter­na­tive, and he had no other choice but to join the can­di­date cho­sen by the en­tire people of Gombe State whose hum­ble back­ground and an­tecedents made him the per­son to beat po­lit­i­cally.

Doho said on the ra­dio pro­gramme that their op­po­si­tion against Dankwambo is be­cause he failed their ex­pec­ta­tions. But the truth is that those ex­pec­ta­tions are ba­si­cally self-serv­ing and not for the ben­e­fit and well­be­ing of the people of Gombe.

On as­sump­tion of of­fice, Dankwambo in­her­ited in­tense po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic cri­sis, de­lib­er­ately and sys­tem­at­i­cally cre­ated for his fail­ure from the get-go. It is a com­mon knowl­edge to the people of Gombe that the for­mer gover­nor left be­hind a fi­nan­cially and so­cially crip­pled state, heav­ily in­debted to civil ser­vants and banks.

But with rare courage, Dankwambo worked as­sid­u­ously to re­store the lost glory of the people and the state. Doho and other Goje sym­pa­this­ers, hav­ing re­alised that this ad­min­is­tra­tion is not the busi­ness-asusual type, came out with the mis­chievous plan to sow seed of dis­cord be­tween the peace-lov­ing in­cum­bent gover­nor and his pre­de­ces­sor. The pur­pose of this is ob­vi­ously to di­vert the at­ten­tion of the people from the mis­deeds of the past.

Hav­ing ob­served the tremen­dous suc­cess story recorded by Tolba’s ad­min­is­tra­tion in all as­pects of hu­man en­deavor within a short­est pos­si­ble time of its ex­is­tence, Goje and his co-trav­ellers could not be­lieve or bear it any longer and there­fore de­cided to dump the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) and de­fected to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

It is funny and in­deed laugh­able that they ac­cused Tolba’s govern­ment of mov­ing too slow. We don’t know the pa­ram­e­ter they used in ar­riv­ing at this du­bi­ous con­clu­sion, given the suc­cesses recorded in just three years of the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The main prob­lem that op­po­nents have is that for the first time, Dankwambo has in­tro­duced a style of gov­er­nance which en­sures that the era of shar­ing people funds like you share kola nut with friends and re­la­tions has gone for­ever in Gombe State. He will not wa­ver in this, be­cause his covenant is with the people of Gombe State, and not with a se­lect, over-pam­pered few who had been feed­ing fat on state re­sources to the detri­ment of the masses.

Al­haji Gimba Marafa is for­mer Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture & Co­op­er­a­tives, Gombe State.

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