The Gombe Youth Vanguard for Change, comprising 400 members, and six other similar groups, have dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Leader of the GYVC, Malam Ibrahim Muhammed, said they pulled out of Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo’s campaign because of his “unpopular policies and lackluster approach to governance”.
Muhammed said leaders of the groups realised that continued support for the governor was not in the interest of the people, adding: “Governor Dankwambo has continued to remain insensitive to their plight. The people’s efforts to better their lot have defied all solutions due to policies introduced by his administration.
“There is no concrete road map for transforming the state from its state of decay and humiliation of citizens. Since he assumed office, the governor has continued to show that he is saddled with a task he is ill-prepared for.
“Residents live in hunger and nothing is being done to alleviate their suffering. The hardship in the state is gradually becoming militarised and we are worried. So, we decided to join the APC, under the leadership of Senator Danjuma Goje, which we believed will bring change in 2015, if the mandate is given to the APC”.