Why my aide tore his PDP membership card — Governor Dankwambo

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has said the reason his aide, Abdullahi Mohammed, tore his Peoples Democratic Party membership card was because he turned down Mr. Mohammed’s request of N150 million.

Mr. Mohammed on Tuesday publicly tore his membership card in the state capital, Gombe, citing dissatisfaction with the manner the country was being run as his reason.

He specifically alleged that only a few of the large population of Nigeria were benefiting from the nation’s finances.

His action came just days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo had publicly destroyed his own PDP membership card, over his row with the party.

Speaking through his media aide, Junaidu Abubakar, on Friday, Mr. Dankwambo said Mr. Mohammed had approached him with an “outrageous request of N150m to solve a mortgage problem which was not granted”.

Mr. Abubakar said the governor had come to the rescue of Mr. Mohammed on several occasions, but that the request for N150 million would simply not be granted because the governor explained that N150 million can do a lot to the lives of the three million people in the state.

He said it would be wrong to give just one person N150 million in a state grappling with challenges.

The governor’s spokesperson added that Mr. Dankwambo would never join issues with any of his aides, but that Mr. Mohammed decided to lie over his decision, saying he did it for the masses.

“It is simply a case of lack of conscience on the former security assistant because he had earlier left the administration to run for a seat in the state assembly, after he lost he came back and the governor magnanimously re-appointed him,” Mr. Abubakar said.

“Governor Dankwambo respects the fact that individuals have a right to associate with anyone, especially in a democracy, but that does not give one the right to lie over it and malign others,” he said.

Mr. Abubakar added that the governor appointed Mr. Mohammed as an assistant on security matters despite having a retired commissioner of police and an AIG as advisers on security because he is at the forefront of the fight against insurgents who keep on disturbing the peace in the state.

“Despite the activities of insurgents, Gombe is the only state in the north east where non indigenes are not relocating in numbers.

“This is due to the serious manner in which the governor is personally leading the charge to the maintenance of peace in the state. Most of the wealthy individuals in Gombe today are those engaged in building materials and other businesses and most of them are from the South East, none is even thinking of going anywhere, Gombe is home to them,” he said.

The spokesperson of the governor said Mr. Dankwambo cannot go about giving out money to individuals, otherwise he would not have achieved what he achieved in the last three years.

He said the governor had built 158 roads of 128km in the whole of Gombe state and added that 120 new primary and secondary schools were also constructed while the sum of N2 billion was disbursed as soft loan to small-scale businesses in the state.

The spokesperson said the governor also established a microfinance bank in all the local governments with a capital of N500 million to aide local businesses.

“Most importantly, he governor has rehabilitated over 30,000 youth who were used as political thugs in the past, as we speak, all of them have been absorbed into the state civil service and they are contributing meaningfully to various sectors in the state,” he said.

I made no such request

When contacted, Mr. Mohammed denied that he requested for any money from the governor.

“It is not possible for an individual to make such an outrageous demand on a governor,” he said.

He also said the genesis of his problem with the PDP in the state started when the party asked some of its members running for election to step down and made certain promises. None of those promises were eventually fulfilled.

He said he PDP has no respect even for its own rules.

He added that his major reason for running for office as a lawmaker was to make sure that the right things are done in the security structure of the state.

He said as an assistant to the governor on security, he had very limited powers to use his experience for the good of the state, hence his decision to run.

Mr. Mohammed said Mr. Dankwambo appointed 10 of them as his security advisory team, but made them redundant.

“We were never allowed to do anything, we have never sat down with the governor for more than ten minutes, all repeated efforts to sit with him and discuss the issue of security failed.

“Rather, some persons who have no knowledge at all of security matters were the ones advising the governor,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed also confirmed that he has joined the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state. He said he joined the APC because by its congress, it showed what a disciplined party should be.

“Look at the two presidential primaries of the APC and the PDP, it would be clear to every serious politician which party has respect for its rules and promote internal democracy.

“It is clear that the kind of politics I want to play, that has respect for human dignity and development is not in the PDP and that is why I left, nothing more,” he said.


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  • Maitama Tambari

    Ha..ha…ha. PDP at it again. N150 million? When you see smoke there is fire. The Special Assistance was right because he had seen or told that some Special Assistances, friends of the Governor or political patronage was done to them, so he came for his share and the Governor turned him down. He therefore blew the whistle. Olisa Metuh, can you see the genesis of the offensive postponement circular in Gombe State? Disgruntled PDP and scaring Members on CHANGE. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

    • emmanuel

      Change for an election looser who want the peoples money or he blackmail his governor?

      This man is a politocal son of the late Adedibu – Al ‘Amala

  • Maria

    “Look at the two presidential primaries of the APC and the PDP, it would be clear to every serious politician which party has respect for its rules and promote internal democracy.” That is the point of this article. PDP is a fraud.

  • Isi Agwo

    “Look at the two presidential primaries of the APC and the PDP, it would be clear to every serious politician which party has respect for its rules.”

    One has submitted evidence of educational qualification, one has not – but submitted a false affidavit contrary to the electoral law as amended.

    One has submitted a copy of his birth certificate, one has not – to hide evidence of his roots in Niger Republic.

    One rose from poverty and toiled to the top leadership position in Nigeria, one hid his WASC (if he has one) from the Army because he had (F)9 in Maths, making him ineligible to join the force as an officer. On the basis of that illegality rose to become a major general and paid Nigeria back by illegally and forcibly overthrowing a democratically elected government.
    Yes, it is clear who respects the law.

    • Lammyz Joy

      Where is you sense Isi Agwo?

  • eduetok

    Politics of greed!

  • Musuru

    I believe this story…. Look at his janjaweed lips oooo!!!

  • dd

    Mohammed is a APC loser looking for popularity to reach a goal. He needed the money so he can take his last share and join apc. u are a loser

  • TRUTH MASTER

    I choose to believe the Governor’s Aide, Mohammed!

    • emmanuel

      Who he said they contested lost election and were not settled? Of course we know you are a true son of your father the devil. That is the reason why a truth master is actually a mortally deceitful man

  • Otile

    Because Islam is a religion of peace some 20 people, including senior officials, have been killed in an attack on a hotel in the
    Somali capital, witnesses have told the BBC.

    The Central Hotel, often frequented by politicians, was hit by a car bomb and a suicide attack. Gunmen then stormed the hotel mosque and opened fire during Friday prayers An MP and Mogadishu’s deputy mayor were among the dead, the government says. Islamist militant group al-Shabab has said it was behind the attack.

  • lagbaja

    The tearing must continue

  • Alcindo Satori

    Hmmmm…… Left your job to go run for political position? and then lose the election?? Talk about going seriously broke. Makes sense you need some solid cash from a cash cow ha?! Ehhh, Alhaji Mohammed I think I believe Gov. Dankwambo; sorry if I let you down.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Dankwanbo is a liar. How can he sue blackmail like this

  • emmanuel

    Hear Mr.mohammed “trouble started when the Governor refused to honour agreement made with those of us who contested and they did not fulfill their promise”

    Governors spokesman “he asked for N150 million after he lost House of Assembly election and was magnanimously re-absorbed and the Governor said he could not give him the peoples money”

    Jonathan about Obasanjo ‘They claim to be elder statesman, yet they ask for something which they did not get and want to forment trouble, infact they are just Motor park tout’

    It is now very clear that those who have short-changed Nigeria or were not allowed to now flock to the APC, which is the face of corruption.

    Mr. Mohammed gave himself and his media promoters (APC) out by stating that the party refused to honour promises made to them who contested.

  • Otile

    Buhari in London Hospital: I Have Been Vindicated-Fayose

    Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All

    Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Major General
    Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) who travelled to the United Kingdom (UK) for
    medical treatment is being attended to at a London hospital,
    describing the medical trip as a vindication of his earlier stand that
    Buhari was sick and lacked the required capacity to rule Nigeria.

    He said; “as against the claim of the APC that Bihari was on a short
    working visit to the UK, Buhari is being treated at a hospital located
    at Cavendish Street, Cavendish Square, W2 London West End, London.”

    Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and
    New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor described claim by the APC that
    Buhari will give a talk at the Royal Institute of InternationalAffairs, Chatham House, London as “deceit taken too far.”

    He said; “The event listed on Royal Institute of International Affairswebsite; …chathamhouse.org/events
    to hold on February 23 and 24 is; ‘Security and Defence: Rising powers
    and the future of defence cooperation’ and Buhari’s name is not listedamong the speakers.

    “For the avoidance of doubt; the event’s keynote speakers are; former
    Brazil Minister of Defence, Celsius Amorin; UK Parliamentary Under
    Secretary of State and Minister of Defence Equipment Support and
    Technology, Celsius Amorin; Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of
    Defence, General Sir Nicholas Houghton; Chief Executive of BAE System,
    Ian King and Secretary General, Cooperation Council for the Arab
    States of the Gulf, Dr Abdulatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani.

    “Apart from the above listed five persons, 25 others are listed as speakers.

    “So, in which Royal Institute of International Affairs’ event is Buhari participating as a speaker?

    “This is not to mock Buhari or wish him dead. Rather, it is to expose
    the falsehood of the APC and desperation of its leaders, especially
    Senator Bola Tinubu to foist another Yar’Adua saga on Nigeria.”

    The governor maintained; “The truth is that Buhari travelled out on
    Thursday
    to seek medicare in UK and he was attended to at a hospital located in
    Cavendish Street, Cavendish Square, W2 London West End, London on
    Friday.

    “If the APC people are saying otherwise, let them publish the picture
    of Buhari boarding the plane and granting interview to Aviation Correspondents at the Abuja Airport.

    “While I am happy that the APC people that are packaging Buhari
    finally hearkened to my plea that they should allow him (Buhari) to
    seek medicare abroad, I must say that it is unpatriotic for the APC
    to have lied that Buhari travelled on a working visit.

    “The party should be honest enough to tell Nigerians that Buhari is
    actually sick and lack capacity to rule Nigeria and that they are
    only packaging him, hoping that he will become incapacitated if he becomes president so that they
    can take over power by proxy.”

  • favourtalk

    Honestly, those running around are fake people. Nigeria is bigger than anybody and change is a must this time, even if nobody defect to APC, people have seen the light and wil never join issue with bad wagon again. We are tired of lies everyday.