A group, the Coalition of Gombe State Indigenes has rejected Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s verdict that the state Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has performed well.
The indigenes, in a statement yesterday, advised the Enugu-based Catholic priest to visit Gombe, check the deteriorating state of infrastructures in the state, before reaching such a conclusion.
The group said that rather than consolidate on the developmental strides of previous administrations, Dankwambo has reversed the fortunes of the state.
The group said “Mbaka was not correct in his assessment that Dankwambo, based on his performance in Gombe, would make a better President than President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The indigenes were reacting to suggestion by the catholic priest that Nigeria needed a capable President as opposed to Buhari.
Mbaka, the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministries, Enugu, had, in his New Year Eve sermon, said the President had failed Nigerians, suggesting that Dankwambo should be considered as the President’s replacement.
While rejecting Mbaka’s prediction, the Gombe indigenes, in a statement by Muhammad Jibrin, said if the priest knew Dankwambo well, he would not have made such a suggestion.
They said, “If the Rev. Fr. is well apprised of the state of affairs of Gombe State, he will certainly not recommend Governor Dankwambo as a worthy replacement for the great President Buhari.
“Perhaps, some examples will show Rev . Fr. Mbaka the extent of the damage that Governor Dankwambo has done to our state.
“Perhaps, Rev . Father Mbaka should come clean and tell Nigerians what his major motivation is in making this recommendation.
“We are aware he only received a handshake from the frugal President Muhammadu Buhari when he last visited Aso Villa.
“I advise Father Mbaka to travel to Gombe State and visit the state university , hospitals and water projects in Gombe town and all the other 10 local governments of Gombe State and tell Nigerians his findings.”