Gombe state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been hit by the wind of change as it witnessed mass defection of its big wigs to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s Campaign Coordinator in Gombe state, Alhaji Abibakar Habu Mu’azu, substantiated rumours linking him to APC as he obtained his membership card at his Kashere Ward in Akko local government area of Gombe state.
He said he was inspired by his love for the state and the resultant need to join others in initiating the course of progressive change in the state, having seen a lot of things that need changing.
He said the “other big names that have made similar moves in the state with all our supporters included immediate past Minister of Transport, Senator Abdullahi Idris, former Deputy Governor of Gombe state under Goje, Lazarus Yoriyo and former FCT Minister, Dr. Modibbo Umar.
“We also have the immediate past Senator representing Gombe North, Saidu Rufai Alkali, Jamilu Isiaku Gomna, frontline Gombe Lawyer, Haruna Luka and many others who we shall all know in the course of time.
“This we have done because of our love for the state because there are so many things we have observed needed to be changed in the state.
“Since we have been privileged to change the top (president) we in Gombe state want to change the bottom of the ladders also.
“We want to ensure that come 2019 insha allahu, Gombe will be under APC because we have not jon the party to obtain ticket by force but to put heads together, corrects the past mistakes and strategise for the future.”
The former PDP Youth Leader in Gombe state called on each and every member of the party to join in the efforts to correct the mistakes that led to the party’s failure in the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state with a view to ensuring they delivered office in the next election.
He called for absolute mutual respect and understanding with all in the course of the movement, insisting that “there should be patience with others, no campaign of calumny as well as intimidation and threats free politicking.”
“Don’t look for trouble, and don’t allow yourselves to be dragged into chaos. If you do not like anyone or his style, go to the polls and vote against him. Making all the troubles because of me for instance, without casting your votes on Election Day is all efforts in futility,” he cautioned the youths particularly.
Receiving him into the party earlier, Alhaji Adamu Fata, the Zonal Vice Chairman of APC in Gombe Central said their gathering was to witness and ensure the reality of the defection by giving him (Abu Mu’azu) his APC membership card.
He said the former PDP Youth Leader’s entrant into APC had equalled him with every other members as he was now party to the party’s ideology of collective struggle and success.
Reacting to the development, a serving Special Assistant under Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo who does not want his name in prints said: “There is trouble. Now Habu Mu’azu has defected to APC and there are many other big names like Minister (Senator Idris), Modibbo and lots more.
“Unless Oga (Dankwambo) stands very well and goes back to hold the grassroots firmly, his candidate cannot stand the firepower of the APC this time around.
“But unfortunately when you advise, he does not listen. He does not even love those who love him because he does nothing to reciprocate their loyalty. Those he listen to and assist are spent politicians who have failed in business.”