THE 2019 presidential reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari got a boost as one of the prominent politicians in Gombe state, Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna who was one of the aspirants of the Governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State donated a Marcopolo bus for the campaign activities of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Governorship aspirant, Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya.
While fielding questions from newsmen in Gombe on Sunday, Dr Isiyaku Gwamna, who immediately pitched loyalty to the opposition APC after describing the PDP Primaries held in October 2018 as a sham, said the donation of the bus was triggered by his vow to ensure that President Buhari and Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya win in the forthcoming polls.
Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna had on Oct 2, 2018, while officially leaving the PDP, pledged his support for the re-election of President Buhari and victory for Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya in Gombe State.
He explained that the fight against corruption, prudent management of the resources of Nigeria and the repositioning of Nigeria on the diplomatic map in good light are what endear the APC presidential candidate to anyone that loves Nigeria.
According to him, “I am donating this bus not because I want anything back but because I have a special interest in the wellbeing of Nigerians and to also show to the world that I am a man of my word. I promised to work for President Buhari and Alhaji Inuwa; this is the fulfilment of that promise and there is no going back”.
He said, “APC is our party and victory must be collectively sought. I am only contributing my quota for a cause I strongly believe is in the interest of Nigerians and Gombe State”.
“The present APC administration has taken the fight against corruption to the looters, saved over $43 billion as foreign reserve and that is being projected to hit $60 billion in 2019 because the President is honest. In the face of the forthcoming elections, one would have expected the reserve to drop as usual, but there is a change in that regard.
“Today, our rating at the international level in terms of diplomatic relationship has tremendously improved because of the transparency of the president and the APC led-administration. This is why I am supporting the President and there is no going back,’’ he said.
Asked if he is expecting a ministerial appointment from President Buhari after the elections, the chieftain said, “Timing is key in politics and the time at hand is to work for President Buhari and Alhaji Inuwa’s victory. I am very much focused on that for now”.
He stated also that, “Like we do say in politics, when the time comes for that, we will cross the bridge, but for now, campaign for APC at all levels is my agenda”, adding that he was not only donating the bus, but he had also donated his teeming supporters to the APC. He noted that PDP’s defeat would be announced after Feb. 16 and March 2 respectively.