By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Largely, the 2015 contest had the trappings of the last governorship election in 2011 when the former governor, Alhaji Danjuma Goje adopted incumbent Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo as both his political god son and candidate for the office.
It was an epic battle that brought together four friends who got divided consequently upon their parallel interests.
They included Goje, his erstwhile Commissioner for Finance, Inuwa Yahaya, Dankwambo who then just resigned as the Accountant-General of the federation and Usman Nafada who was the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Goje’s interest in Dankwambo obviously stranded his relationship with Yahaya who had earlier indicated interest in the first office.
The development did not also go down well with Nafada who also went for the position.
Remarkably, all of them were in the PDP then and Goje, being the godfather succeeded eventually in his preferred choice.
But things have since changed for the quartet.
Goje, Yahaya, Nafada had all ditched PDP for APC where they all sought the mandate of Gombe North and Central respectively. Fortunately, they won.
For Yahaya, the governorship ticket that was difficult for him in 2011 came handy in 2015 courtesy of the same Goje who never wanted him.
Analysts say this was however a conspiracy to edge Dankwambo out having fallen apart with Goje.
Anyone who is familiar with Gombe politics would obviously not underestimate Goje’s influence.
True to predictions, Goje demonstrated his political finesse on March 28 National Assembly election, defeated his former godson and former chairman of his Akko Local government, Alhaji Kumo Bello.
The APC also won the other two Senate seats.
But the April 11 contest has pulled a surprise to many people who thought that Goje would have succeeded in his quest to unseat Dankwambo.
Luckily for the governor, he was declared winner.
INEC State returning Officer, Professor Saminu Ibrahim who announced the result said that Dankwambo polled a total of 285,369 votes to beat APC ‘s Yahaya who trailed behind with 205,132 votes.
However, the result released at the State Collation Centre, also indicated that there were incidents of ballot box snatching at many polling units which forced the cancellation of election in those units.
For instance, the Palace of the District Head of Kashere which is Goje’s home town was razed down.
Meanwhile, the results of the state assembly polls were being awaited as at the time of filing this report.