With APC, more are pre­pared to chal­lenge Dankwambo

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Adamu Saleh, Gombe

On as­sump­tion of of­fice, Gover­nor Ibrahim Has­san Dankwambo of Gombe State gave a poser that sug­gested he was not go­ing to run for a sec­ond term in of­fice. He said, ‘only dull stu­dents re­peat classes’ which many po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts trans­lated to mean that only those who can­not per­form in their first ten­ure will seek a sec­ond term.

But the cur­rent body lan­guage of Gover­nor Dankwambo sug­gests he is sure to go for a sec­ond term.

So far within his party, PDP, no­body has in­di­cated in­ter­est in con­test­ing with him. Ini­tial re­ports that the Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Bar­ris­ter Ab­dul­lahi Idris Umar, may run for the seat has been re­futed by the min­is­ter.

Hence the race as far as the PDP in Gombe is con­cerned, is all about Dankwambo un­til the strength­en­ing of the APC in the state which has given many an op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge the gover­nor. Cur­rently, there are no less than three per­sons chal­leng­ing the gover­nor for the seat and all have things work­ing for and against their chances.

Gover­nor Ibrahim Has­san Dankwambo:

The in­cum­bent gover­nor, served as Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion from 2004 to 2011. He was brought on board by the gover­nor, Se­na­tor Dan­juma Goje in 2011 to fly the PDP ticket, thereby deny­ing about 10 con­tenders who had in­di­cated in­ter­est in the seat the chance.

But since tak­ing the man­tle of lead­er­ship, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Dankwambo and his po­lit­i­cal god­fa­ther went sour. This is said to be so be­cause Dankwambo re­fused to do the bid­ding of Goje as he is said to have told the lat­ter that he paid his due to get the seat hence can­not be be­holden to any­body.

The first sign of crack was when Dankwambo, im­me­di­ately af­ter clinch­ing the party’s ticket, re­fused to make Goje’s wife the leader of the women wing of his cam­paign.

But even with the in­cum­bency fac­tor, he seems to be hav­ing trou­ble with pub­lic per­cep­tion over his seem­ing lack of will­ing­ness to em­power the people of the state. Crit­ics say Dankwambo did not as­sist people with jobs when he was Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion; that is still held against him by the people of the state.

Many also ac­cuse him of ar­ro­gance, say­ing he claims to know more than ev­ery­body around him.

He has also re­tained most of those that worked with his pre­de­ces­sor, Goje, whose loy­alty to the for­mer gover­nor is still in­tact.

The gover­nor has how­ever trans­formed the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and has done mas­sive road projects spread across the state which can stand the test of time but his crit­ics say most of the con­trac­tors used are not from Gombe, adding that is why there is no money in circulation in the state.

He has lately had the rank of his sup­port­ers de­pleted. Un­con­firmed re­ports say one of the prom­i­nent PDP lead­ers in Gombe, Al­haji Ali Buwa­gal, is likely leav­ing the PDP for APC and this is said to be giv­ing Dankwambo a se­ri­ous con­cern.

Apart from that, Dankwambo, it is clear will not find it easy with Goje’s group which in­cludes Us­man Bayero, for­mer deputy speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Inuwa Ya­haya, for­mer com­mis­sioner of fi­nance dur­ing Goje’s eight years in of­fice and other politi­cians in Gombe.

Dankwambo’s achieve­ments in Gombe State have earned him some rel­e­vance and if these are go­ing to be used as yard­stick to de­ter­mine his chances in 2015, there is no doubt he will de­feat all other con­tenders for the ex­alted seat in Gombe State.

But even with few months to the 2015 elec­tions, Dankwambo is yet to con­sol­i­date and build bridges, reach out to people po­lit­i­cally. Early this year, one of Dankwambo’s Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tants on Po­lit­i­cal Mat­ters Sani Dugge, de­fected to APC on the ground that some ca­bals around the gover­nor were mak­ing things dif­fi­cult for him and even said more were leav­ing the PDP for APC be­fore the year runs out. Just last month, too, one of his com­mis­sion­ers, Hamza Wuro Boggi, re­signed his ap­point­ment. Though it is said that it was be­cause he got a bet­ter of­fer but an in­sider who wants to re­main anony­mous told this writer that he re­signed out of frus­tra­tion.

Also, four coun­cil­lors from Kwami Lo­cal Govern­ment Area were sus­pended by the state House of As­sem­bly over al­le­ga­tion of breach of oath of of­fice. But our cor­re­spon­dent re­li­ably learnt that they were sus­pended fol­low­ing their de­ci­sion to dump the PDP for the APC and that about 40 of them

Hence the race as far as the PDP in Gombe is con­cerned, is all about Dankwambo un­til the strength­en­ing of the APC in the state which has given many an op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge the gover­nor. Cur­rently, there are no less than three per­sons chal­leng­ing the gover­nor for the seat

are nurs­ing the am­bi­tion.

One of Dankwambo’s short­com­ings is that he hardly doles out to people, with many ad­vis­ing him that with elec­tions around the cor­ner he should pay at­ten­tion to hu­man de­vel­op­ment rather than cap­i­tal de­vel­op­ment so that he can se­cure a sec­ond term.

Al­haji Inuwa Ya­haya:

A busi­ness mogul from a very pop­u­lar fam­ily fell out with Goje in the build up to the 2011 elec­tion when Goje de­cided to go with Dankwambo. But the two have re­cently rec­on­ciled and are now work­ing to­gether.

Ya­haya served as Goje’s com­mis­sioner of fi­nance for eight years.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts say Ya­haya played an ac­tive role in oust­ing Hashidu of the then APP from of­fice in 2003.

Some are of the view that if Ya­haya had agreed to par­tic­i­pate at the pri­mary that pro­duced Dankwambo in 2011, he would have de­feated the gover­nor be­cause he was the shin­ing star then. He had very strong po­lit­i­cal struc­tures in all the 11 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of the state.

Though some are say­ing he does not dole out money freely. They still see him as bet­ter than Dankwambo in that re­gard be­cause he lis­tens to people’s views and opin­ions.

Al­haji Us­man Bayero Nafada:

Nafada had rep­re­sented Nafada North con­stituency in the state House of As­sem­bly in 1999 where he held the po­si­tion of ma­jor­ity leader and later be­came the Speaker Gombe State House of As­sem­bly be­tween 2000 and 2003. He was elected mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Nafada/ Dukku federal con­stituency on the plat­form of the de­funct ANPP from 2003-2007. Shortly be­fore the end of 2007, he joined the PDP and was re-elected to the house and be­came the Deputy Speaker House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Novem­ber 1, 2007.

Some are of the view that Bayero can be com­pared to Goje in terms of courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion, lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, charisma and sim­plic­ity. He is a man of the people. Those around him say he helped his people when he was deputy speaker.

He is loved by his people and by a very good num­ber of politi­cians in the state. An­other ad­van­tage Bayero has over other con­tenders is his abil­ity to deliver his con­stituency, com­pris­ing of three lo­cal gov­ern­ments of Nafada, Dukku and Fu­nakaye which are all Fu­lani speak­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments. He also has links with the people of Gombe South. His only prob­lem would be to con­vince Goje to sup­port him to get the PDP ticket.

Al­haji Umaru Kwairanga:

Though a new­comer in pol­i­tics, Kwairanga is the cur­rent chair­man of the fa­mous Ashaka Ce­ment Com­pany, and is one of the few people be­lieved to be get­ting ready to slug it out for the Gombe Govern­ment House.

But since he is new in pol­i­tics, not much is said about him but one thing that stands out for him is his abil­ity to use his of­fice as the chair­man of Ashaka ce­ment to se­cure em­ploy­ment for the teem­ing un­em­ployed youth of Gombe.

Some how­ever see him as a spoiler for Nafada since he is also Fu­lani and the Sarkin Fu­lanin Gombe. Some see his chances as brighter than those of Bayero if voting is on tribal lines.

Gov Ibrahim Has­san Dankwambo

Al­haji Us­man Bayero Nafada

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