The Oasis Reporters
October 13, 2018
As Ribadu steps down for Dankwambo
Coming on the heels of congratulating Atiku Abubakar who emerged winner ahead of 11 others as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 electoral contest, Gombe State Governor, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has been given the ticket to run for Senate.
The ticket holder, Mohammed Usman Ribadu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Gombe North senatorial candidacy has withdrawn from the contest and handed over the ticket to Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.
Addressing a rally on Thursday to welcome Gov. Dankwambo back to Gombe after the party’s presidential primary election in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Ribadu said he is stepping down to allow Dankwambo who he said is more qualified to represent Gombe North at the Senate.
According to him, Dankwambo deserves to contest for the Senate because of his achievements in the last seven years as governor of the state.
The governor , who was a favorite to clinch the presidential ticket according to a poll on Twitter where “Dr. Hassan Dankwambo garnered 68 percent of all votes cast. A total of 17,925 Twitter users participated in the poll which lasted for about seven hours. The poll, which was conducted by DailyTrust, a national newspaper also featured Atiku Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, and Rabiu Kwankwaso, who had received most votes in various previously conducted polls.
The poll asked, “Who is the best candidate for @OfficialPDPNig [PDP]?” Atiku and Saraki, coming second place, had a total of 11 per cent, while Kwankwaso staggered behind with a slightly lower percentage of 10 per cent. Dankwambo, 56 years-old and an accountant, is a two-term governor of Gombe State”, as reported by Vanguard newspaper eventually scored 111 votes to finished 5th in the primaries held at Port Harcourt, Rivers state last Sunday.