PDP Primaries: Gombe Governorship Aspirant Rejects Outcome, Decamps to APC
A governorship aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe state, Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna is disgruntled.
He has described the just concluded governorship primary election of the party, which was held on 1st October 2018 as the worst of its kind and a rape on the collective democracy that the party seeks to protect as a tool to developing Gombe state and Nigeria in general.
Gwamna, who contested alongside 12 other aspirants, came second with 147 votes while Sen. Bayero Nafada, Former Deputy Speaker House of Representative and serving Senator representing Gombe North scored 1,104 to emerge as the governorship candidate.
While condemning the primaries, Gwamna said the action of declaring the serving senator as winner of the primary election is a rape of democracy, adding that it is a show of godfatherism and a destruction of the tongue that gives democratic voices from being heard in the state.
"It is hard to believe that all the delegates were camped in a place and all of them were being conveyed in a special bus by the rigging committee to see to it that they are fully monitored against any deviation of any kind. This is just to tale-guide the delegates who I call delinquents toward their plans".
He said most of the votes cast were not by the right-thinking delegates as they were induced into voting against him.
Gwamna added that he had consulted with his followers and resolved to depart the PDP and join the All Progressive Congress (APC) to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari and candidate of APC, Inuwa Yahaya win the 2019 general election.
“I am not seeking leadership for the sake of leadership. I am seeking leadership for the sake of the people and the development of Gombe".
Gwamna said he accepted to contest after being called by people of Gombe state, however, he said considering the action of the PDP and what transpired in the primaries, he feels that the people of Gombe state will not be adequately taken care of by the party PDP.
“I shall continue to render my services where ever I find myself and to continue to seek for greater ways of serving Gombe state by helping those that will serve the interest of Gombe state better", he said.
He later announced his defection with his teeming supporter to the APC.
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