The Gombe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has lauded former Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo for not importing hoodlums into the state.
Journalist reported that Dankwambo was received last weekend by thousands of supporters who ushered him from the Airport to the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Addressing journalists on Tuesday at the state’s secretariat, Publicity Secretary Moses Kyari said that unlike the visits of Danjuma Goje, former governor of the state and senator representing Gombe Central, and Jamil Ishayaku; a governorship aspirant of the PDP, where the state incurred losses, that was not the case with Dankwambo’s visit.
In November 2021, there was a clash where Goje’s convoy was allegedly attacked by hoodlums which led to the death of a person, with property also lost, according to the Gombe State Police Command.
According to the Publicity Secretary, although Dankwambo had been absent from the state for three years, he was able to conduct the activities of his supporters within the law without bloodshed.
Kyari said, “The Gombe APC noted with delight how Dankwambo landed at the Gombe International Airport and proceeded to the PDP secretariat in the state along with his supporters and other chieftains, peacefully without disturbing the public peace.
“During Dankwambo’s visit, we observed that his supporters conducted themselves in a peaceful manner. His conduct was a sharp contrast to other Abuja-based politicians of the opposition PDP, such as former Governor Goje and Jamilu Ishyaku Gwamna who during their visits to Gombe, brought in heavily armed thugs bearing and brandishing very dangerous weapons and caused massive mayhem as well as the destruction of public properties within the state capital, which is not part of his senatorial district.
“This time around, we did not notice serious breach of public peace. This is despite the fact that Dankwambo was visiting Gombe for the first time since he left office as governor. We sincerely commend Dankwambo for conducting himself in a manner befitting a man of his status and conviction.”
While commending the efforts of Governor Muhammadu Yahaya for canceling an empowerment programme for fear of clashing with supporters of his predecessor, Kyari said that Yahaya had displayed his love for unity.