By Danjuma Williams (Gombe State Correspondent)
Supporters of Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna in Gombe State are asking him to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and contest for Governor under any other party.
The supporters who recently set Gombe agog with chants of loyalty have pledged to follow and support him to become Governor of the State under any other party.
Some of them were seen in different spots within Kaltungo town last weekend burning brooms (symbol of APC) in solidarity with Dr Gwamna.
Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna was one of the strongest PDP aspirants before the 2019 election who switched to the APC after he was denied the PDP ticket in a controversial circumstance.
He dumped the ruling PDP in the State then and joined the opposition APC, combined forces, and ensured a clean sweep victory for the APC that produced the current Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya.
The supporters, while giving reasons for their actions, alleged that there are plots by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State to unanimously endorse the incumbent Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya for the second term.
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According to one Isah Kaltungo, in many of the Local Governments including Kaltungo, where the Governor visited, the party executives openly declared Inuwa Yahaya as their candidate for 2023.
"The party stakeholders have endorsed Governor Inuwa Yahaya at gatherings in the Local Governments of Kaltungo, Yamaltu-Deba, and Gombe", he alleged.
He said this means that they are not willing to conduct a primary election. "They will not provide a fair playing grounds for other aspirants but will only adopt the Governor as their candidate". He alleged.
Isah Kaltungo also claimed in an interview with Journalists that he influenced 200 APC supporters in Kaltungo local government to dump APC and burned brooms.
"We, therefore, urge Jamilu to leave the ruling party and join any other party. We are ready to follow him even to APGA. I believe that Jamilu is popular among the electorate and can win if free and fair election holds because of his humanitarian services.
"As Managing Director of a Power Distribution Company, KEDCO, he secured a lot of jobs for Gombe state citizens". He said.
Kaltungo also berated the APC leadership in the state over alleged maltreatment of Gwamna and humiliation of Senator Danjuma Goje who allegedly led Yahaya to victory in 2019.
However, in his reaction, the APC chairman in Kaltungo Local Government, Comrade Ayuba Hassan, confirmed that some boys, not up to ten, approached the party over their dissatisfaction with what is happening in the ruling APC Government.
He told our correspondent in a telephone interview that they agreed to meet on 1st of January, 2022 but that their demands were not something that the party can handle.
He said, "Our responsibility is not to them alone, these are boys that don't have political value. As far as we are concerned, this Jamilu that they are talking about is an APC member, he has not in any way showed that he has switched to PDP, so they are contradicting themselves by burning brooms while their principal is still in APC". NNL.