Following the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 gubernatorial election in Gombe, the state government is currently operating skeletal services as most commissioners, special advisers and other appointees have absconded from work.
It would be recalled that Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya of the APC defeated Sen. Usman Bayero Nafada of the PDP with a total number of 364,179 against 222, 868 votes.
Our correspondent reports that, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has abandoned his official duty post since PDP was defeated without formally informing the State House of Assembly.
The governor who opted to be away unofficially has transferred all official work of the state government house like courtesy calls and other state functions to his deputy, Hon. Charles Iliya.
Further investigation revealed that since the defeat of the ruling PDP in the state, the activities of governance have been paralysed as most of the heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have also absconded from their official duties.
A source knowledgeable about events in the government house told our correspondent that Dankwambo’s absence led to skeletal government activities in the state.
“The governor has completely abandoned his people after the election, he has no much business in Gombe again, even his close appointees like the SSG, Chief of staff and the PPS are now redundant.”
As a sign to prove that government activities in the state has collapsed, the press release issued last week by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), James Pisagih, in respect of the 15 hours curfew declared in the state due to the tension that arouse during the burial service organised in honour of the Boys Brigade (BB) members killed during the Easter procession by a Civil defense officer, was hand written with errors on a plain sheet of paper, not typed and not on the usual official letter headed paper”.
Our source said the governor has also stopped the salaries of some political appointees adding that those political appointees, whose salaries had been stopped are Senior Special Assistants (SSAs), Special Assistants (SAs), Personal Assistants among others.
Some of the affected appointees who spoke to our correspondent said the action of the governor and his absence is causing untold hardship to them and the entire state as no government activities holds in the state.
They appealed to the Governor to come back and pay them their entitlements and also give them his “farewell package” as according to them “it will cushion our hardship and enable us do one or two things since PDP will be out of power in the state.”
But one of the appointees said the governor’s action was deliberate noting that the governor decided to abscond from the state because of the betrayal he faced during the last election.
He said governor Dankwambo who cannot withstand the shame of losing his senatorial ambition and the entire state to the APC has decided to go ‘underground’, isolating himself from all his appointees, claiming that they betrayed him and the PDP in the last elections.
Meanwhile, LEADERSHIP Newspaper learnt that Governor Dankwambo has jetted to the holy land of Saudi Arabia where he is currently performing the lesser hajj.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Umar Suleiman Nafada, who was not on seat when our Correspondent visited his office, but responded to him on phone dismissed the claims that government activities in the state collapsed as a result of the governor’s absence.
According to him, the absence of the governor does not affect the conduct of government business in the state, saying that the governor has laid solid foundation for smooth transition as everything is in good shape for the benefit of the entire state.
“The governor might not be physically with us but everything is going on smoothly in the state, to me I don’t think anything is lacking, the security situation is under control, projects are ongoing, workers’ salaries are consistent and the governor has laid a very solid foundation towards a very successful transition. In fact, everything is going normal in the state.”he said.