Biography Of Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje
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Mohammed Danjuma Goje is a Nigerian administrator and politician. He is a former Minister and Governor, as well as a serving senator of the Federal Republic. Mr. Goje is from Gombe State.
Goje holds a degree in political science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has formerly been a State legislator and minister, before taking a shot at the governorship.
In the meantime, Mr Danjuma Goje is a second term Senator. He is a chieftain of the ruling APC. According to reports, he is interested in running for Presidency in the 2019 General Elections.
Age And Birth
Mohammed, was born into the Goje family on October 10, 1952. His mother’s name was Hajiya Zainab. He is a native of Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State.
To begin with, Senator Goje holds a Grade 2 Certificate from Bauchi Teachers College. He graduated in 1977. Eventually, he enrolled at Ahmadu Bello University. He is recorded to have graduated with a B.Sc in Political Science in 1978.
Mr Mohammed is a faithful Muslim as his name implies. He is of the Sunni faith.
Family Life: Wives And Children
Danjume like a true Mumin married two wives. Hajiya Fatima Yelwa and Hajiya Aisha Munira. He has nine(9) children and more than a dozen grand children.
Nigerians were however shocked to receive the news of the death of the former First Lady, Hajiya Fatima Yelwa. She died in October 2017, while receiving treatment at a hospital in the United States. Accordingly, her corpse was flown back home to Gombe. She was buried in accordance with Islamic rites. She had six children and ten grand children altogether.
Indeed Mohammed is a successful public administrator. He served as the Secretary of The National Institute of For Medical Research in Yaba, Lagos from 1984 to 1989. Then he went on to Zaina Nigeria Limited. He named it after his mother. He ran the company as the chairman and MD for ten years.
The Bauchi Era
Mr Goje made his first major foray into politics after acquiring a degree in Political Science. Hence, he contested and won a seat as a Member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly. Here, he served a single term from 1979 to 1983.
The Gombe Era
The military government of Sani Abacha created Gombe State in October 1996. Hence, Danjuma Goje now has a new political arena before him.
The incursion of the military obviously paused his political career. He nevertheless picked up his ambitions in 1999. He unsuccessfully vied for a senatorial seat. However, he was later made minister of State, Power and Steel. He served under President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2001.
Danjuma Goje made history in 2003 by becoming the second democratic governor of Gombe State. In fact, he was re-elected in 2007. He therefore completed his eight-year tenure in 2011.
Mohammed immediately after his tenure contested for a senatorial seat. He won straightaway still on the platform of the PDP. He represents Gombe Central District in the Nigerian Senate.
Defection To The APC
The PDP in 2013 suffered a major blow. First, Seven governors led other members to hold a parallel convention. Subsequently, five decamped to the APC with their followers.
Senator Danjuma Goje however defected with ten other senators to join the APC in January 2014.
Allegations Of Misappropriation And EFCC Probe
Mohammed was accused of misappropriating about 29.8 billion naira after he left government. In view of this, Governor Dankwambo was quoted in 2013 as saying:
“We cannot trace the records of government. These monies have gone into various accounts and have gone into third party accounts and diverted from the account of government”.
Furthermore, he added:
“I just heard today of the liability of about N23billion that was left for me. Another N4.5 billion was added. So, the liability of N29.8b is outstanding in respect of the Government of Gombe State that was left for the good and innocent people of Gombe State.
“We can’t continue like this because of the ineptitude of certain past leaders who ruled us. We don’t want a situation where we may end up not being able to service Government or end up under another state after striving for the creation of our own state.”
Finally, he said: “We will probe them. EFCC started probing some of them and we are still awaiting the report because the probe has to continue,”
Till now, he is yet to be tried or cleared of the charges by a court of competent jurisdiction.