In the recent whirlwind and political defections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has once again suffered a debilitating loss, following the defection of Senator Bayero Nafada alongside many others from the party back to his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Although many defections have taken place, and more exits still seem to be imminent, the return of Senator Nafada to the PDP holds significant value in the political equation and analysis, particularly his home state, Gombe, where has changed the political narrative and direction. To all political watchers and his supporters, the successor of Governor Dankwambo may have just arrived.
Nafada has been in the mainstream of the political process for quite some time, both at the national and the state level. This grassroots politician has earned and sustained the trust of his constituency and those opportuned to have come close to him.
Gombe state has a very interesting political atmosphere in which the people unequivocally state their stands when it comes to the choice of leadership, promotion of good governance and sustenance of democracy.
Notably, the state is home to electorates whose attachment is not to follow the crowd just because every one is joining the political bandwagon but an attachment to quality leadership and effective representation. This is why the likes of Senator Nafada could rise through the ranks to his current position as a lawmaker in the hallowed chamber of our nation’s National Assembly.
With the coming of Nafada into its fold, the view is that the PDP is bouncing back to its full potential and is fast solidifying in the face of dissatisfaction with the performance of the ruling party, the APC, on one hand and the consequent conscientious defection from the party by politicians of high standing like Nafada. This army of defectors appears to have a consensus on rebuilding the country and their respective states in various capacities on the platforms of the PDP in the coming years.
But what does the return of Senator Nafada hold for the Gombe PDP family? The fact remainds clear that as a man who has immense followership in the state and long entrenched political structure, Nafada’s return and his long-term interest in the governorship of the state is prospect for a state that needs all the competence it can get in sustaining the good work of the outgoing administration of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.
Despite being elected on the platform of two different political parties in 2015, there is an interesting relationship between Dankwambo and Nafada. Their interest is centered on the citizens and purposeful governance because the two have deep love for their people. And in the manner of cause and effect, the Gombe electorate are so in love with their political aspirations and sportsmanship.
After serving meritoriously in the Gombe State House of Assembly and proceeding to the lower chamber of the National Assembly where he was deputy to Speaker Dimeji Bankole, he later contested the Senate seat to represent Gombe North senatorial district on the platform of the APC in 2015. He won In spite of PDP’s victory in the state.
This was a significant political adventure. It was very significant because a PDP governorship aspirant Dankwambo already had a significant following among Gombe electorate.
The sense in this flashback is the reality that Senator Nafada is no mean deal in the Gombe political scheme of things. He has a huge political capital that holds so many prospects for the post Dankwambo future of Gombe PDP and the nation at large. Bad things need attention but good things like Gombe State requires much more care and competence to sustain and consolidate the good tidings.
In fact, this is the soul of the matter. There is a sense in getting Senator Nafada to contest the Governorship of Gombe even if he is yet to indicate his interest to throw his hat in the ring. It is, for all intent and purpose, for his party and more importantly the good people of Gombe State. The PDP must deploy every mechanism of internal democracy to ensure that the most popular and strong candidate emerges. The era of handpicking a flag bearer or anointing a successor must never again be allowed to stifle the bright chances of promising candidates.
Gombe State must be encouraged by the strength of democracy and democratic principles to make good use of its bests. The Dankwambo-led administration is an unassailable evidence of this fact. Let us have another illustrious son to take our state to the next level. Senator Nafada can do it in the upcoming election and subsequently govern the state in the most decent, transparent, and competent manner.
–Muhammed writes from Gombe
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