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By Ikra Bilbis

The unfortunate situation the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State has found itself requires the intervention of critical stakeholders and leaders of the APC otherwise all the years of toil and sacrifice made to build the chapter to be one of the most formidable in the country would be lost.

I say this with all sense of responsibility given my deep knowledge of how the party birthed at the national level and became accepted by the people of Zamfara and sufficiently aware of those whose contributions have strengthened and fortified the party to the level that it does not lose a single seat in all elections in the state!

But events in the recent past has called for a review of how the affairs of the party is being conducted in Zamfara leading to strife, disorder and formation of factions which culminated in a purported ward congress of the APC in the state.

It is however instructive that after the purported ward congress, one of the leading members of the party, Senator Kabiru Marafa has come out to challenge the legality of the exercise describing it as ‘dead on arrival.’

Senator Marafa drew his conclusions based on the fact that the rules guiding the conduct of congresses were not adhere to.

As he pointed out, the APC by holding the ward congress in Zamfara, is in material breach of key provisions of the Constitution of of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the APC Constitution.

This is because Section 85 of the Electoral Act made it mandatory that INEC must be given a notice of 21 days before holding a congress, a process which was not adhered to by the APC in the case of Zamfara.

The flouting of the laws portends grave danger for the APC as any process emanating from that can be challenged in court and the APC will be the loser again if that should happen.

Even more frightening is the legality of holding a congress in defiance to a court order suspending all activities of the party at levels in the state.

It is well known that some members of the APC in Zamfara are in court challenging the dissolution of the executive committee of the party in the state and the court while hearing the case, has suspended all activities of the party in at all levels in the state pending the determination of the case.

But without waiting for the determination of the case, the APC called for a congress which processes started last Saturday with only the faction led by Governor Bello Matawalle and a few others participating.

The faction led by the former Governor AbdulAziz Yari, has refused to take part in the exercise in deference to the court order restraining the party from holding any activity in the state pending the determination of the case before it.

Though the Marafa led faction participated in the congress, it is also not in agreement with the conduct and has called for a halt to the processes and is even threatening to challenge it in court if the process continues.

But the Matawalle faction, enabled by the chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee of the party, Mai Mala Buni is carrying on with impunity.

This, however is most unfortunate as the national leadership of the party should be seen to be on the side of law and order rather than on a divisive and chaotic cause that will not augur well for the party.

It is clear that some forces are ganging up to use the instrument of the party to pursue their selfish aims and to go at certain leaders of the party in Zamfara whom they perceive as threats to their ambitions.

In Abuja, there are those who want to get at former Governor Abdulaziz Yari, simply because of the overwhelming clamour by well meaning leaders and members of the APC nationwide for him to contest the national chairmanship of the APC, while in Zamfara, there are those who realising they are not popular with the people, want to create chaos in the state so that they can use the resultant mayhem to perpetrate an electoral fraud that will return them to office.

It is these two combined forces that are responsible for the seeming commotion in the Zamfara State chapter of the APC.

But unlike those who joined the APC only recently, former Governor Yari has been a foundational leader and the major force for the growth of the APC both at th national level and in Zamfara State.

As the then chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Yari’s leadership inspired the confidence of many of his colleagues to see hope in the formation of the party.

As governor, he was able to win the hearts of the people of Zamfara with his populist programmes and resolve to transform the state for the better.

His grassroots reach and passion for human capital development has remained unassailable in the history of Zamfara and that is why the people of the state love him and have absolute confidence in his leadership and do not hesitate to align with his political choice.

He is unlike some of the current political leaders in Zamfara and other states, who hardly stay in their respective states but are either in Abuja pursuing their political interests ahead 2023, or globetrotting in search of elusive investors.

Like their colleague in Zamfara, some of the governors behind the APC crisis in Zamfara have left the affairs of their states unattended to and are not doing enough to better the lot of the people in their states.

Clearly, Governor Matawalle has not been acting in ways that suggest he has the interest of the APC at heart that some of us are even suspecting he was brought to the party to destroy it.

It was in order to pave the way for him that the duly elected exco of the party in the state was dissolved which has brought further litigation and division to the party.

The Governor hardly calls nor attend to party functions while he is always travelling out of the country in the guise of looking for investors.

These have led to the suspicion that the Governor is deliberately inflicting pains on the people as a way of getting back at them for rejecting him at the polls when he contested for governor in 2019 on the platform of the PDP.

Leaders of the APC must therefore listen to what Senator Marafa is saying and call Mai Mala Buni to order before he uses Matawalle to completely destroy the APC in Zamfara State.

The party can do this by constituting a board of trustees which can run the affairs of the party since Mai Mala Buni is showing that he is incapable of being just and objective to all members.

Or it can allow the other members of the National Working Committee of the party take charge till a substantive national chairman is elected.

Mai Mala Buni needs to be excused from the acting national chairman position so he can go and look after Yobe State which is his constitutionally assigned responsibility since the task of combining governance and running the APC appears too much for him.

While his other colleague governors, who are behind the crisis in the Zamfara APC, must be reminded in clear terms, that their constitutional responsibilities is to their respective states and their people; hence should go back and serve their people instead of meddling in the affairs of the party at the national level which is out of their basic functions as governors.

Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, former minister of state for information and communication, from Zamfara.

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A Zamfara federal house of representatives aspirant Abdulmalik Bungudu Zannan Bungudu has attended an interface with the Bungudu local government council chairman and other APC stakeholders aimed at strategizing ways to strengthen the ongoing reconciliation.

The meeting which was summoned by the Council Chairman Muhammad Maitutare emphasized on the need for the APC supporters from both side of the divide in Zamfara to accept the reconciliation in the spirit of unity and progress.

He said accepting the consensus candidate anointed by the Governor is the only answer to showing solidarity to the decision of the Governor.

The aspirant who was a former federal lawmaker Abdulmakik Zubairu thanked the council chairman and all the stakeholders for the support and assured them his commitment to ensuring that the party succeeded.

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It was a moment of jubilation for the supporters of Dr. Dauda Lawal Gamjin Gusau one of the aspirants eying for the seat of the Governor of Zamfara state under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He has conducted one of the best state of the earth rally with thousands of supporters across the divides driving with happiness to welcome him at Yankara, Zamfara state border town with Katsina.

His arrival to Zamfara on Sunday marked the beginning of a new dawn for the opposition People’s Democratic Party in Zamfara state, as the journey of 45-50 minutes took him over eight hours to finish.

He was stopped by thousands of supporters at the entry of every village and town along Zaria-Gusau highway to wish him well and prayed for God almighty to bless his gubernatorial candidature.

Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare who was looking visibly emotional and delighted with the mammoth crowd that came on the streets to welcome him said he is optimistic and confident that his gubernatorial candidature will surely triumph in 2023.

He expressed hope that the journey from 2023 will raise the hope of Zamfara people since his inspiration is to transform Zamfara state in the area of infrastructures, education, quality health care system, job creation, widening opportunities in small and medium enterprises as well as sustainable reforms beyond his period as Governor.

A young, agile Ibrahim Garba who trekked from Yankara to Gusau said he has high hope for the gubernatorial candidature of Dauda Lawal considering his track record while in the banking sector and his admiration to transforming humanity.

He said whenever he listened to perspective from Dauda Lawal he renewed his hope for the new Zamfara state because of his careful understanding of the governance crises rocking the state and his vision of how he want to create new opportunities for Zamfara state.

Another young woman Fatima who stood for hours at Gusau Hotel round about to welcome Dr. Dauda said many people she interacted with have raised new hope in the aspiration of Dauda Lawal which is ringing bell. She said the quality in everything done by Dr, Dauda will surely manifest in his administration if elected.

Another Youth Corp member Chineze Thomas said, he has heard about the competency of Dr. Dauda Lawal from many people who worked with him in the banking sector and the conclusion about him was that “he is the best for the Zamfara gubernatorial projects and prayed for God almighty to see him through the routes of success in 2023.

As for his chances in the PDP, Alh Tanuimu Garba a secondary school teacher in Tsafe said, with people like Dr. Dauda Lawal in the party, PDP has become a new hope for Zamfara people.



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Twelve Zamfara aspirants contesting for the post of federal house of representative are gearing up for the APC primaries scheduled for Thursday the 26th of May 2021

Those who are likely to secure the ticket unopposed are Ahmad Usman Gummi for Gummi/Bukkuyum, Umar Sarkin Fada Zurmi/Shinkafi, Muhammad Ahmed Sani Bakura/Maradun and Isah Muhammad Anka for Anka and Bukkuyum Federal Constituency.

As for Maru/Bungudu, five aspirants are to contest the ticket on Thursday and they include Dr. Bashir Muhammad Maru, Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu, Sufiyanu Usman, Abdulrahaman Tumbido and Aliyu Sulaiman Dansadau.

As for Gusau and Tsafe federal constituency, Sanusi Garba Rikiji and Fatima Mu’azu are to contest the ticket at the level of party primaries.

All aspirants, especially those for Maru and Bungudu are gearing up and meeting with the delegates to canvass for votes ahead of the date scheduled for the party primaries.

None of the aspirants who contesting at the level of primaries from Gusau/Tsafe and Maru/Bungudu constituencies has so far step down from the race.

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