Dankwambo, Gwamna trade tack­les over per­for­mance, elec­toral worth

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - POLITICS & POLICY - From Auwal Ah­mad, Gombe

THE war of words be­tween Gov­er­nor Ibrahim Dankwambo and for­mer gu­ber­na­to­rial as­pi­rant of Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna, who de­fected to the op­po­si­tion All Pro­gres­sive Con­gress (APC) has taken a new di­men­sion with Gwamna al­leg­ing that all that Dankwambo knows is elec­tion and power.

The gov­er­nor’s me­dia as­sis­tant, Ju­naidu Abubakar, had ac­cused Gwamna of spread­ing false­hood to gain sym­pa­thy of Gombe peo­ple and tra­duc­ing the gov­er­nor de­spite his ster­ling per­for­mance and achieve­ment in the last seven and a half years as gov­er­nor of Gombe State.

Piqued by Abubakar’s scathing re­marks about him and his po­lit­i­cal pedi­gree, Gwamna, through his Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia, Ibrahim Sani, said deny­ing Dankwambo a pres­i­den­tial ticket was about the best de­ci­sion to come out of PDP, stress­ing that the gov­er­nor lacks com­pe­tence or ad­min­is­tra­tive know-how to gov­ern.

Ac­cord­ing to Sani,: “This state­ment is in­tended to ad­dress the sheer ig­no­rance of Ju­naidu Abubakar on how to draw the lines be­tween ob­jec­tiv­ity and sub­jec­tive truth, give the true pic­ture be­hind the paint of lies with which the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gov­er­nor Ibrahim Dankwambo was por­trayed and to also put in right per­spec­tive the pure per­son­al­ity of Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna, whose pop­u­lar­ity is spread­ing like wild fire in the har­mat­tan.”

Sani pointed out that Gwamna’s exit from PDP is be­hind the party’s jour­ney to un­prece­dented de­feat in next year’s elec­tion in Gombe, stress­ing that he was not fazed by the toxic and deroga­tory state­ments made by Dankwambo to halt the truth and ex­po­sure of the abysmally poor per­for­mance of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion in Gombe State.

While dis­miss­ing the so­called in­con­tro­vert­ible facts of Dankwambo’s achieve­ments, Sani said the en­tire nar­ra­tive is noth­ing but sub­jec­tive truth that lacks ver­i­fi­ca­tion as far as the grass­roots are con­cerned.

“The re­cent me­dia score card of gov­er­nor Dankwambo as hav­ing done for the state more than what Sen­a­tor Da­juma Goje did in the sphere of gov­er­nance is noth­ing but the opin­ion of praise-singers of the gov­er­nor and a pointer to what the ob­jec­tive of the present gov­ern­ment is all about,” he stated.

Quot­ing Cal Thomas, an Amer­i­can colum­nist, Sani con­tended, “One of the rea­sons peo­ple hate pol­i­tics is that truth is rarely a politi­cian’s ob­jec­tive. Elec­tion and power are.” He said it re­mains clear that the un­founded sta­tis­tics reeled out by Abubakar’s at­tempt to dis­miss his as­ser­tions in the dan­ger of Dankwambo’s deal with Nafada was done to win the sym­pa­thy of the peo­ple by spread­ing false­hood about Sen­a­tor Dan­juma Goje who many see as a man who cares for the peo­ple of the state.

He added: “The ob­jec­tive of Dankwambo’s new ha­tred for the likes of Gwamma and Sen­a­tor Dan­juma Goje has noth­ing in truth, but ev­ery­thing in false­hood all for the sake of elec­tion and power.

“If Goje handed over a failed state to the present ad­min­is­tra­tion, why wait till seven years to cry out? Per­haps, the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to buy rea­sons to jus­tify its fail­ure, which must be re­vealed as soon as they are de­feated in 2019.

“Whether Sen­a­tor Goje means well for Gombe State is for the peo­ple to judge be­cause the ul­ti­mate judge of good gov­er­nance in mod­ern democ­racy re­mains the peo­ple and not fault-fin­ders like Ju­naidu. It’s a pity for Gov. Dankwambo and his part­ners in po­lit­i­cal de­ceit that the wide ac­cep­tance of Sen­a­tor Dan­juma Goje has re­fused to de­cline and the ef­fect con­stantly quacks the hearts of PDP mem­bers in the state.”

Sani stated that the next elec­tion would be a ref­er­en­dum on the past eight years of Dankwambo, stress­ing that the need­less me­dia at­tacks on those who have cho­sen to toe the line of truth to ex­pose the lies be­hind the paints of Dankwambo’s per­for­mance by his as­so­ci­ates as witch­hunt and dis­trac­tion is an ev­i­dence of the fact that the gov­ern­ment of Dankwambo doesn’t want to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fail­ures of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, or bet­ter still, his mal-ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He fur­ther noted, “It will in­ter­est the pub­lic to know if the likes of Ju­naidu who is im­pen­i­tently com­mit­ted to singing an askew song for the gov­er­nor will tell us about the N30­bil­lion bonds raised by this gov­ern­ment for in­fras­truc­tural devel­op­ment. Who will pay the debt? Is the in­fra­struc­ture claimed to have been built by this gov­ern­ment com­men­su­rate with the mas­sive bor­row­ing?

Sani main­tained that all the high­lighted achieve­ments as raised by Ju­naidu are noth­ing but po­lit­i­cal projects of fi­nan­cial reck­less­ness that lack the link be­tween what the peo­ple want and the mea­gre re­sources the gov­ern­ment claimed to have been given. The debt pro­file of the state is alarm­ing yet noth­ing is said in that re­gard.

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