The former Gombe State governor, Senator Danjuma Goje has stated that having a bad APC government in Gombe is better than to allow a PDP government reign in the state.
The former governor who is also the chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, said this while reacting to the raging crisis bedeviling the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe, adding that the feud among the party faithful is in part, responsible for the perceived neglect in the political appointments by the administration at the centre.
Goje said this shortly after the inauguration of the Gombe State APC Caretaker Committee at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, even as he harped on the importance of having a strong and united party in the state.
He said: “the leadership of the party in Nigeria has decided to do a good job by bringing people from our neighboring state, and I want to ask the leadership in your presence to be neutral, to be objective, to be committed in trying to unite this party, because I am sure whether you belong to any other group, it is better that we have a bad APC Governor than not to have any governor at all, no matter how bad that governor is.
“if it is APC (member), it is better, because if it is PDP now..none of our members, no APC man has been given appointment even as a counselor. So you see, it is very important that we unite, and put our differences behind us and move forward to ensure that we form the next government in Gombe State.”
Goje also assured the caretaker officers that members of the APC in the state, regardless of their political differences, will give maximum support and loyalty to them in the state even as he thanked the national leadership of the party for the prompt intervention.
Speaking earlier, the deputy national chairman ( North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, while inaugurating the committee reeled out the terms of references that will guide their activities for the three months period before a mini convention would be called.
Shuaibu charged the ad-hoc committee to restore confidence and hope within the ranks of the party across the state and ensure “the streamlining of all parallel offices and shutting down illegal partyoffices that exist at ward, local government and even at state levels and reinstall what we have in our records at the national secretariat.
The inaugurated caretaker officers are: Hon Lawan Shetima ,state chairman; Capt. Bala Jibrin – state deputy chairman; Alh. Sule Yakubu, state secretary and Barr Joseph William , legal adviser.
Recall that arising from the irreconcilable differences in the top hierarchy of the Gombe State Chapter of the party which led to its factionalisation, the party’s NWC accepted the resignation of Mr Karu Ishaya and Mr Sallau Manu Pindiga as state deputy chairman and state secretary, respectively.
The NWC also relieved Bar Muhammad Magaji Doho and Bar Dauda Manu as state chairman and state legal adviser, respectively.