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Dankwambo, Nafada And Equity Of Governance In Gombe State



No one can be a judge over obedience when such person’s obedience is not complete or put in another way, he that comes to equity must come with clean hands. The principle of clean hands in governance must not be downplayed knowing full well that governance is a task that is premised on trust and utmost integrity. In a world where integrity, trust, and proven track record with personal platform have become sacrosanct elements of electing political office holders, it would be suicidal to say the least if not outright death to canvass or indulge a person that is bankrupt of these elements into power.

If the latest AMCON list of delinquent debtors’ publication means nothing to those who are head-bent on making Senator Nafada the next governor, to all well-meaning Gombites; it is a wake-up call for the people to wrestle the state from those whose interests tilt towards their personal upbeat. If AMCON list says 350 Nigerians out of the nearly 200 million are responsible for 80 per cent of AMCON’s N5.4 trillion debt and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Gombe State is one of them and shockingly the same has become the political favourite of Gov Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, then one begins to wonder if the signs are not clear enough to tell that an indebted man, who seeks financial salvation should not be given a position that requires clean hands to manage the scarce resources of the state for the well-being of the people.

I may be attacked on the pages of newspapers as being unfair by those who have extended their roles of being the mouthpiece of Gov Dankwambo to being the defenders of Nafada but sincerely, I care less and I am unfazed by whatever names I am called as long as the good people of Gombe are fed with the reality on ground, so as not to become the victims of wrong decision (voting the PDP) after elections.

In an era when governance is treading towards a time when greater emphasis is assigned to trust, equity, managerial skill, administrative efficiency, shrewd decision making, and ingenuity in turning the tides against negative indices when they crop up, Gov Dankwambo is bent on imposing Senator Nafada whose administrative inefficiency is unrivalled. As far as the administration of Gov  Dankwambo is concerned, good-governance is a word that has lost its significance in Gombe. To worsen this, Nafada was rigged into becoming the PDP gubernatorial candidate instead of Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna (JIG), so as to continue with the atrocious style of leadership to cover his administrative ills within the last seven years.

An American author, Kent Nerburn says that “the greatest enemy of financial well-being is not poverty but debt’’, so those working to see that Nafada (an indebted man) becomes the governor of the state are doing that for two undeniable reasons: because they do not mean well for the state and for personal interests.

JIG, the Sardaunan Gombe is a man with a proven track record in finance management and a guru in fiscal policy that has manned several businesses and yet he floats on the sea of integrity for all to see as an example of a financially sufficient leader who needs no government money to do what is right. JIG is a big miss for the PDP, I am sure, but political pride will not make them admit it openly as they are doing secretly. So for those canvassing and praising the act of the governor in imposing Nafada on PDP in Gombe State, I perceive their regrets but it is never too late to do the right thing by allowing your consciences to speak reasoning to your hearts.

This was one of the things that JIG saw that made him join the All Progressives Congress (APC). He refused to be amongst men of rich injustice then and now indebtedness has been added to the negative accolades of those who share political affinity with Senator Nafada. Only God knows what next is coming? As for the concerned debtor that seeks the equity of governance in Gombe State, you cannot go to equity if your hands are ‘financially dirty.’

– Aminu is the immediate past BUK SUG Secretary General and can be reached via



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