Â By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI â€” A two-time gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Imam, who lost to Governor Ali Modu Sheriff in 2003 and 2007 elections was alleged to have narrowly escaped being lynched in Damboa, one of the 27 local government councils in the state owing to reports that he is not a sellable material for the governorship of the state.
Imam was reported to have taken his campaign to Damboa at the weekend in preparation for yet another attempt for the Maiduguri Government House come 2011, but was allegedly stopped in Damboa by irate youths who claimed he (Kashim Imam) was the brain behind all the problems of the PDP in the state.
According to reports, after series of warning by the locals in Damboa that Kashim Imam should retreat following reports they have against him, particularly on the allegation that he received money from the governor to sell them out, it was alleged that the locals violently confronted him and his supporters and forced them to flee the area in different directions in order to save their lives.Â
Vanguard also learnt that, although Imam had been contesting the governorship of Borno State on the platform of the PDP, it was alleged that he had been a spoiler of the PDP to the advantage of Governor Ali Modu Sheriff, which the people believed has created a serious setback for other politicians in the PDP who had better chances of winning elections in the state.
Attempts to speak with Imam on the incident yielded no result, but sources close to him said Imam had no intention of contesting the governorship race in 2011, adding that his move was informed when he saw that the future of the state was falling into the wrong hands.