The Oasis Reporters
January 8, 2019.
Before the electorate in Gombe North put pressure on Governor Hassan Dankwambo to go to the Senate on their behalf, the Nigerian social media Twitterati who picked the affable governor as their choice presidential candidate ahead of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Convention in Port Harcourt late 2018 had already, through informal channels, decided that the governor must remain in the consciousness of Nigerians for the next four years in the first instance.
Many reasons account for this. While it may be said that Gombe State hasn’t been in the news from the north like it’s counterparts, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa etc in the North East, as well as the North Central and North West, the rest of Nigeria was curious about the young urbane and highly educated governor of Gombe State, the Jewel In The Savannah.
Images brought to the social media two years back by two intrepid social media personalities, Deji Adeyanju and Dr. Malik Shabazz using his personal drone to capture the sights l of the monuments in Gombe State feft many mouths agape, wondering how the small rustic rural town could have transformed into a sprawling metropolitan city within a few years.
The other parts of the state equally had sweet new refreshing stories to tell in all facets of development.
All thanks to the strides of its unusual governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, PhD who has built the state beyond the pace and ability of his predecessors.
What the people saw, the Infrastructural development, the financial prudence, the human touch and the selfless service of the governor, did it all. Therefore despite the wild gale of the Buhari tsunami that swept across the northern landscape in 2015, Gombe stood firm behind their uncommon governor and grew with him. The state remained PDP despite being the only PDP in the zone.
The Federal Constitution gives him a maximum of eight years to grow Gombe State and hand over. It is time.
By May 29, 2019, Dankwambo retires as governor. But the nostalgic Gombe people said if he can’t be President the way Yar’adua moved from his Katsina gubernatorial seat to the presidency, or the way former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan made his own ascent, let him remain in the visible Senate. Nigeria must not forget selfless leaders. Let us grow them to take the nation to utopia one day.
Therefore come February 16, 2019, Gombe North district would have no difficulties whatsoever choosing a Senator after their heart. That would be the selfless achiever who converted his family home and heritage into a public school for the benefit of his people.
Two weeks after the presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives election on March 2, the entire people of Gombe State would be lining up to vote for a new Governor. The most popular choice is Senator Nafada Bayero. An affable acolyte of Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.
Nafada Bayero who has the full understanding of Development Plan while following through with the plans laid down by the founding fathers of Gombe State and the buoyancy Governor Dankwambo brought to it, will be adding zest and throttle to keep the state in the oasis of peace, tranquility, progress and the fear of God that has underlined the essence of the State.
The nation watched the giant and unusual strides of Anambra State former governor, Peter Obi. They never forgot his dogged determination to build a prosperous state through financial prudence, political sagacity, industry and Infrastructural development.
Therefore when the People’s Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar promptly picked him as his running mate, the political atmosphere became energized with palpable excitement that the nation has hope at last.
Such a scenario will happen again in the future with Dankwambo.