A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe state and gubernatorial aspirant at the 2019 election, Muhammad Jibrin Dan-barde, has decamped to People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Barde who officially joined PDP Monday was the latest in Gombe.
He was said to be the landlord of the APC national secretariat. He told newsmen that he was forced out of APC by bad governance in Gombe state.
“I am not leaving APC for any reason other than because of the bad governance that we have witnessed in the state.
“We are all witnesses to the fact that what we are witnessing in Gombe today is a government of a person, by a person, for a person and not a government of the people for the people and by the people.”
Dan-Barde cited the example of the level of decay in social infrastructure in the state as a proof of bad governance by the APC government.
He said, “The infant mortality rate speaks volumes. The maternal mortality rate also speaks volumes. If you look at the level of our infrastructure in the state, particularly the healthcare, not only healthcare across the state but all other social services have crumbled.”
The former APC gubernatorial aspirant also accused the APC government of engaging in callous statements that incite violence and unrest in the state.
“We have a leadership that incites violence and that does not care about the youth or the development of the youth. This is an administration that has engaged in callous statements that go as far as inciting unrest in the state,” Barde alleged.
Dan-Barde stated further that he left APC on February 2nd 2021 before making it official this Monday, adding, “The number of people I came into PDP with is irrelevant because people in this state believe in good governance and we have bad governance in the state and we all know that Gombe is a PDP state,” Barde stated.