PDP govt full of deceptions, says APC gov aspirant


A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe state, Jibrin Barde, has described the current administration of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state, as characterised with deception, which had led to total collapse of infrastructure.

Barde, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sun Trust Bank, however, assured that if given the opportunity to fly APC flag and become the next governor in Gombe state, he will dedicate himself to the development of the state.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the APC governorship aspirant said he had decided to contest for the exalted office because “every development indices you can think of have collapsed.”

He added that when you compare the state to others in terms of allocation received over the years, the state “is not developing.”
His words: “I have reached the pinnacle carrier as a banker and it is time to give back to the society and the only way I can do that is to take the position of leadership. We have a clear vision of empowering the youths.

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“I want to ensure that governance can be done with a high corporate responsibility. The (PDP) administration is full of deception. It is a time bomb that is waiting to explode.

“When you have young, energetic youth who are actually jobless, it is a fatal ground for a lot of things. We need to harness these resources and that is why I have decided to join the race.”

While lamenting what he called infrastructure decay in Gombe state, Barde said: “Our people have no access to potable drinking water; it doesn’t take the state government (anything) to maintain the dam that was constructed. The Gombe metropolis spends N5 billion annually just to buy water.

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“Our education system has completely collapsed. Some of the children do not have classes they study under the trees. The hygiene is below human standard. Our hospitals are just mere mortuaries. This is totally unacceptable given the huge amount of funds the state government has received. The state has debt to the excess of N100 billion.

“I was challenged by my 11-year-old daughter whom I was taking to school. She said now that your generation has failed and I look at her and I said ‘what do you mean?’ She said you are going to make my generation fail. It got me thinking”.

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“Why I have decided to do this is because we don’t have to sit on the fence any longer. My state consists of about 11 local governments in the north-eastern part of the country and in the last seven years the resources that came our way has been mismanaged. All the development indices you can think of have collapsed.”


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