This article is structured for three purposes; first, to address the sheer ignorance of Junaidu Abubakar on how to draw the lines between objectivity and subjective truth, give the true picture behind the paint of lies with which the administration of Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo was portrayed and to also put in right perspective the unalloyed personality of Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna (JIG) whose popularity is both growing like wild fire in the harmattan and fueling the journey of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe state to unprecedented defeat in 2019.
I wish to state emphatically that I am unnerved by the toxic and derogatory statements made to halt my pen of truth from exposing the abysmally poor performance of the present administration in Gombe state. That said, I like to reiterate the adage that when a man fails to educate himself with the truth of the reality on ground, it burdens on the society to help him out in this regard. It is in that light I write to re-school the likes of Junaidu that the issues I earlier raised in my article were objective enough and devoid of any propaganda as they can be proven by all and sundry in Gombe state.
Before I proceed, I like to tell those paid parrots of Governor Dankwambo that what they call incontrovertible facts of Dankwambo’s achievements are nothing but a subjective truth that lacks verification as far as the grassroots is concerned. The recent media score card of Governor Dankwambo as having done for the state a 100 times more than what Senator Dajuma Goje did in the sphere of governance is nothing but the opinion of the praise-singers of the governor and a pointer to what the objective of the present government is all about.
In the words of Cal Thomas, an American columnist, “One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are.” It is clear that the unfounded statistics reeled out by the rejoinder of the article ‘Expounding danger of Dankwambo, Nafada script in Gombe’ was done to win the sympathy of the people by spreading falsehood about Senator Danjuma Goje who many see as a man who cares for the people of the state.
As aptly captured by Cal Thomas, the objective of Governor Dankwambo’s new hatred for the likes of JIG and Senator Danjuma Goje has nothing in truth but everything in falsehood all for the sake of election and power. If Goje handed over a failed state to the present administration, why wait till seven years to cry out? Perhaps the government is trying to buy reasons to justify its failure which must be revealed as soon as they are defeated in 2019.
Whether Senator Goje means well for Gombe state is for the people to judge because the ultimate judge of good governance in modern democracy remains the people and not fault-finder like Junaidu. It’s a pity for Governor Dankwambo and his partners in political deceit that the wide acceptance of Senator Danjuma Goje has refused to decline and the undiluted effect constantly quacks the hearts of PDP members in the state.
The needless media attacks on myself and many others who have chosen to toe the line of truth to expose the lies behind the paints of Dankwambo’s performance by his associates as witch-hunt and distraction is an evidence of the fact that the government of Dankwambo doesn’t want to take responsibilities for the failures of his administration or better yet, his mal-administration. It will interest the public to know if the likes of Junaidu who is impenitently committed to singing an askew song for the governor will tell us about the N30billion bonds raised by this government for infrastructural development.
Who will pay the debt? Is the infrastructure claimed to have been built by this government commensurate with the massive borrowing? All the highlighted achievements as raised by Junaidu are nothing but political projects of financial recklessness that lack link between what the people want and the meager amount the government claimed to have given. The debt profile of the state is alarming yet nothing is said in that regard.
As for the claim of turning the Kalare hoodlums into worthy ambassadors of the state is only a platform to achieve two things: siphon the money of the state as the government claimed that youth rehabilitation quaffs N170million annually.
Secondly, they are being used as thugs for election and power which has been the unchanging objective of this clueless administration. In addition, if the claim of constructing 50 more roads than all his predecessors is true then Nafada should be annexed to the neighbouring state as the roads in that part of the state and other bad ones in rural area which are supposed to link the farmers with the market to sell their perishable goods do not reflect the performance of the governor in road construction.
Taking a swipe at past leaderships of the state and portraying them to have done nothing yet, the present administration claims to have renovated and up-graded as well as completed past projects is nothing but a double-speak that is self-contradictory on the part of the government. Can one renovate, up-grade or complete what doesn’t exist? I think the question that should be asked of the government of Dankwambo is what legacy will the next governor build on?
I like to sympathize with the PDP in Gombe state who are yet to recover from the shock of JIG’s action as evident in the constant reference to his defection which has become an unfading song of the PDP. The Sardauna of Gombe (JIG) is an embodiment of democratic victory in all ramifications of modern day politics of Gombe as well as symbol and champion of good governance. This is as a result of the fact that JIG has singlehandedly spoken the minds of many in view of his daring personality for justice. The ache of the PDP has only but started as JIG will in 2019 be the political architect that will engineer the defeat of PDP in Gombe state.
Accusing JIG of political disloyalty is a mark of what the PDP does better: maligning the person who has refused to dance to the tune of their dissimulation to which JIG is unfazed; after all you can beat a child but you cannot stop such a child from crying. So I don’t expect anything less from Governor Dankwambo and his political syndicates having been beaten by the defection of JIG.
Sani is a public analyst and can be reached via email@example.com