Tangale Group warns against re-electing Inuwa as Governor
By Victor Habila
The Tangale natives of Gombe State residing overseas operating under the auspices of Tangale Community Overseas, (TCO), have called on all indigenous people of the community to vote out Governor Inuwa Yahaya in the March 18th governorship elections.
The group decried the intentional sidelining of the Tangale people by the APC adminstration led by Governor Inuwa.
A statement by the General Secretary, Lamela Umaru Lakorok, titled “Democratic Suicidal Ideations In The Gombe State Elections, emphasized that the people would have to renew their hope for the bright future of Gombe by massively exercising their franchise as citizens and also by removing Inuwa out of office through their votes.
According to the community, “We will not lose hope for Nigeria. We will conquer and overcome our challenges one hurdle at a time. Our fellow Nigerians who have sold our freedom for money have seen how the youths rejected bribery and instigation to violence. That was a huge win for democracy”.
Lamenting about ‘the current sorry state’ in Gombe under Inuwa Yahaya, TCO noted that it has resulted to dissatisfaction with the previous ruling party not being fair to all citizens, stressing that the people of Gombe state have seen the wild and vicious side of Inuwa Yahaya and have decided to change course.
They however mentioned that it is not enough to lament about past mistakes of voting wrong persons in Government, instead the people must probe the quality of the candidates seeking their votes, considering the ‘horror’ the Tangale people have experienced.
“In this electoral conundrum, we remember the injustices on Justice Beatrice and Mai Tangle Dr. Musa Maiyamba, among many intentional brutalities of Inuwa. Do not forget that we still have young people incarcerated in Gombe without trial. Foreigners had never attacked our people and land until Inuwa’s time. Remember these things when you vote”, the community noted.
They categorically mentioned that any Tangale person that votes for Inuwa is an enemy of the Tangale people, saying they have listed some of his atrocities already.
The statement further expained that; “you can vote for APC candidates for other offices, but to vote for Inuwa would be an intentional act of hatred towards the Tangale people. Be wary of Judas, whose hands are in the same bowl as you but drawing morsels to satisfy their evil desires”.
“Despite the public disgrace that the INEC has put our country through, especially in the eyes of many African countries that consider Nigeria as a model member of the community, we will not lose hope for Nigeria. We will conquer and overcome our challenges one hurdle at a time. Our fellow Nigerians who have sold our freedom for money have seen how the youths rejected bribery and instigation to violence. That was a huge win for democracy. Now it is time for the people of Gombe to perfect that attitude in the state elections on Saturday. In that regard, we have a few suggestions as you head to the polls”.
“The audacity of the Tangale people to reject one of their own in favor of a Fulani Muslim from Balanga LG should quell the false accusations and any misconceptions about the reason for the Mai Tangle stool crisis. Hon VMD had achieved an unprecedented legislative feat in the constituent, and no one can take that away from him. Yet, the Tangale people have spoken through their ballots that they prefer a different route. Therefore, we urge the new member of the House of Representatives to keep in mind whatever it is the people hope to get from his leadership.
“We have learned of measures Inuwa is taking to intimidate voters and circumvent the electoral process through vote buying and frustrating the movement of people. He is a wounded animal blindly swinging his sword to harm others before collapsing. We call on all citizens to eschew violence and intimidation. Use your phones to record any voter intimidation and anomalies. Remember that in the end, we are in this together. The leadership of a good ruler benefits all alike. A peaceful and quiet life is the soil in which society thrives. Gombe state is a community of tribes, religions, trades, talents, and futures. How will your vote make it better, the community asked?
TCO commended people of the State for their exemplary participation in the 2023 National Assembly elections. This is just as they want a repeat on Saturday’s State elections, the Community noted that by such act, they have demonstrated act of resilience and hungry for positive change.
On their choice of candidates, the Tangale group stated that the best chance in this election is either the PDP or NNPP candidates, adding that the TCO are open to collaboration and engagement in education and healthcare development for the state.