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DIVERSION OF OPERATIONAL VEHICLE: ZAMFARA NGO CHALLENGES GOV. MATAWALLE TO RESPOND

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The allegations by the erstwhile Deputy Chief of Staff to His Excellency call for great concern coming from someone who, until recently, is a top ranking official in the Matawalle administration. Zamfara Circle feels it is necessary for the state government to clear the air and put the record straight regarding the allegations. The state government’s silence, about 24 hours after, is giving credence to the allegations made by Dr Maru.

A non governmental organization Zamfara Circle has challenged Zamfara State government to offer clarity over allegation by the former Deputy Chief of Staff Dr. Bashir Maru that between (70) to (80) Toyota Hilux Vans procured for security operatives have been dashed to family members, friends and allies of the Governor.

According to the statement by its Chairman Dr. Aminu Lawal Tsafe, the allegation is very disturbing considering the fact that public funds from the local government joint accounts were used for the procurement of these vehicles for the purpose of enhancing security operatives to fight insecurity ravaging the state.

“The allegation, in paragraph 15 of his letter, that some (about 35-40% amounting to between 70 – 80 vehicles) of the 200 Hilux purchased by Governor Matawalle and claimed to be distributed to security personnel to enhance security surveillance were gifted to family, friends and political associates in Kano, Kogi, Nasarawa, Abuja, Adamawa and Borno is particularly disturbing and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. These were vehicles purportedly purchased using public funds from the Local Governments Joint Account”.

“Although Dr Maru hasn’t provided any documentary evidence, the state government needs to appropriately refute his allegations by, among other things, providing the distribution list as well as the inventory of the said vehicles”.

Dr. Tsafe said, the continued silence of the Governor on this matter for over (24) hours is given much credence to the allegation by Dr. Maru considering his position within the government as at the time when the vehicles were distributed.

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ZAMFARA NUJ ELECT MAI ZARE, M.B UMAR AS NEW CHAIR & DEPUTY

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Members of Zamfara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have elected their new Chairman, who is to steer the activities of the union.

Ibrahim Musa Maizare who was the former Chairman of the Zamfara State based newspaper chapel “The Legacy” was elected alongside Haliru Muhammad Umar from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel as his Deputy.

The remaining seats of the state officers of the union were returned unopposed, except the office of the Treasurer.

The election of the new executives followed the expiration of the tenure of the current executives, led by the Publisher of the Analyzer Newspaper Mai Haraji Altine Salah.

Mai Zare who was immediately sworn into the office alongside other executives, thanked the members of the state council for having confidence in his leadership and assured that he is going to reposition things in the union for a sustainable change.

He promised to come up with innovation that will transform the union and reposition it to be more sound like before and called for continued cooperation from all the members of the union.

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I NEVER ASK GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE TO DASH ME A CAR.

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The Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara state Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has challenged those in the APC to prove whether the embattled eighteen seater bus they were making noise over was personally donated to him by Governor Matawalle or for the office of the PDP Publicity of Secretary.

Shatima who declared this during a Press Conference in Gusau on Friday said, contrary to the noise making round the public, he has never, for once, begged Governor Matawalle to dash him a car instead, the Governor personally feels he wanted to donate the car to him because of the role he played during his electioneering campaigns in 2019.

“If they wanted the car to be returned as claimed, let them tell the world how the Governor donated out the car to me through late Ibrahim Mallaha of blessed memory. The Governor gave the car to late Mallaha for onward handing over to me as personal donation, and I am certain if they met the him, he will confirm this to them.

“I am not in politics for vehicle, asked those who were with us in 2019. I used my personal Peugeot (406) to move with the Governor throughout the campaign period. I was not paid even money for fuel and the Governor knew that, and may be in his wisdom that was why he decided to dash me a vehicle I did not beg for”.

On the new security measures taken by the Governor, Shatiman Rijiya said he is sure the measures are targeted at the supporters of the PDP and because election is approaching, noting that they have every reason to entertain fear.

If the measures are initiated to get the lives of the typical Zamfara citizen better and secured, PDP will welcome the idea but noted that, under the current situation, the party and its members are not confident enough with the Governor’s pronouncement.

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SHATIMAN RIJIYA TO GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE: STOP INSULTING PDP

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The Zamfara State Secretary of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has called on Governor Bello Matawalle to desist from insulting PDP because it was the platform he used to become the Governor of Zamfara state in 2019.

Shatiman Rijiya who stated this during a Press Conference on Friday reminded Governor Bello Matawalle that, the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was bearing the name of the PDP not APC the political party he defected to.

He described as morally wrong for the Governor to be rendering insult on the party that produces him as a substantive Governor, noting that even the people who are very familiar with his political antecedent and how he emerged as the Governor of Zamfara would not be happy with him abusing his original political platform.

He added that, PDP will continue to watch things as they unfold in Zamfara and continue to raise alarm where right decisions are not taken in the overall interest of the people of the state

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