By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – A former Governor of Gombe State, Sen. Danjuma Goje, has stated that the worst of the governors of his party, the All Progressives Congress APC is better than the best of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
Goje who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation stated this weekend in Abuja after the inauguration of the Gombe state APC Caretaker Committee.
He was drawing comparison between the achievements of his state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo of the PDP and other APC governors, saying his people would prefer the worst of the APC governors to having Dankwambo preside over the affairs of the state.
He also chided the Gombe State PDP government for not considering any APC member in the state worthy for an appointive and elective position.
“I want to urge the new caretaker committee members, in the presence of the party leadership and all of you that came from Gombe, to be neutral, to be objective, to be committed in trying to unite this party. I am sure whether you belong to any other group, it is better that you have a bad APC governor than not have a governor at all.
“Even if APC is bad, it is better, because now that it is PDP government none of our members, no APC man has been giving appointment even as a councillor. So, it is very important that we unite and put our differences behind us, move forward to ensure that we form the next government in Gombe State,” he noted.
Speaking further, he said: “It is a special day for the APC in Gombe State in particular and APC in Nigeria. We members of the APC in Gombe State are very grateful and loyal to the national leadership of our party. We want to thank you very much for your intervention. Your intervention will save the party and make it relevant in Gombe State and Nigeria.
“I want to on behalf of all of us in APC in Gombe State regardless of the past, assure you that we will give maximum support and loyalty to the newly inaugurated leadership in the state. I want to use this opportunity to call on all other members of the APC in Gombe State to come and join us,” he added.
Speaking earlier during the inauguration, the APC Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu who enumerated their Terms of Reference, said the committee is to steer the affairs of the party, leading the members of the State Working Committee, in their respective capacities as the Caretaker State Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary and Legal Adviser.
They are also to, “take stock of all officers of the Party to ensure they are in tandem with the outcome of the Nationwide Congresses held in 2014, except those that resigned or relieved of the offices, using the authentic list given to you by the National Secretariat.
“Ensure the streamlining of all parallel offices and shutting down illegal party offices that exist at ward, local government and even at state levels and reinstall what we have in our records at the National Secretariat
“Consult with all stakeholders and other opinion leaders of the Party in the State but strictly for obtaining meaningful advice for a way forward which, in the opinion of the Committee, will improve the fortunes of the Party and restore peace and unity,” he noted.
Members of the inaugurated Caretaker Officers authorized to serve for a three-month renewable period are: Hon. Lawan Shetima– State Chairman; Capt. Bala Jibrin– State Deputy Chairman; Alh. Sule Yakubu– State Secretary and Barr. Joseph William– Legal Adviser.