Senator representing Gombe Central and Former Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Danjuma Goje has on Sunday disclosed that he would not contest election again. Senator Goje made the disclosure during the "Goje Empowerment programme", at Pantami Stadium in Gombe, saying he would, however, remain in politics.
While addressing youths, he said “Therefore, having contested and won all seven elections, in addition being a minister for the country, I strongly believe that Allah (SWT) has been extremely kind to me. I believe not many Nigerians are so lucky and blessed.
"It is in this light, foregoing and having reached an advanced age, I wish to formally inform you that I have decided not to contest any election again. For the avoidance of doubt, I will not contest any election at all levels."
The 67-year-old politician promised to give the opportunity to youths of the state to develop in Nigerian politics and show case their innovations.
"However, this does not mean that I will retire from politics; far from that. I will continue to be an active card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and participate in all political activities at all levels, except that I will not contest any election."
He said, "I have had rare opportunity of contesting and wining seven elections conducted at various levels by the National Electoral Commission.
"In the Second Republic during President Shehu Shagari's government, as a very young man, I contested and won election into the Bauchi State House of Assembly, in 1998. I also contested and won election as a senator for Gombe Central under the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) during the late Gen. Sani Abacha's regime.
"Then, in 2003, I contested and won the governorship election of Gombe State and I was re-elected in 2007. In 2011, 2015 and 2019, I contested and won three senatorial elections for Gombe Central," Goje added.
While giving a vote of thanks, he said, "I have every reason to thank Allah (SWT), the people of my primary constituency (Pindiga Emirate), Akko Local Government Area, Gombe State and indeed the entire country for giving me the very rare opportunity to rise from 'grass to grace' as is commonly said."
He also assured to give continuous support to the current Governor of Gombe State, Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya and his administration.