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Anas Sani Anka


“I cannot imagine the mammoth crowd that I saw in Bakura. I was mad when I looked left, right and center and I could not see the tale end of the crowd. I said to myself Matawalle is really a political game player and indeed a political Maradona of our own generation” an APC supporter from Maradun stated this.

This statement serves as the background of my analysis of the APC political campaign rally held in Bakura on Wednesday the 28th of December 2022.

The rally in my opinion has become moral boost that further signifies how strong and powerful APC is in Zamfara State and also continue to lighten up the chances of the party and all its candidates in the forthcoming 2023 election.

The rally has become one of the “talk of town” hence hundreds of thousands of APC supporters congregated at the Bakura campaign Square to rally their support to the Gubernatorial candidature of Matawalle. Many observers had started to compare note between Kaura Namoda and Bakura APC campaign rallies.


As usual, the campaign train was led by the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari in company of the former Governors of Zamfara Yariman Bakura, Mahmuda Shinkafi and rest of other APC political power brokers.

The campaign train took more than three hours crawling from Bakura junction to the Emir’s Palace because of the crowd of supporters and well-wishers that are full of anxiety to greet the Governor on arrival in Bakura town.

Governor Matawalle alongside former Governor Yari and Sen. Yarima looking visibly happy continue to waved at the supporters and wished them well in return.


They paid a royal visit to the Emir of Bakura Muhammad Bello Sani where he prayed for the Governor and wish him and all the APC candidate success.

The campaign train moved to the campaign Square, where speeches were made to appreciate the unwavering support and allegiance of Bakura people to the party (APC).

Sen. Yarima who hailed from Bakura commended Governor Bello Matawalle for his political foresight in ensuring that APC is united for the peace and prosperity to broker in Zamfara state.


He also commended Governor Yari for accepting the peace offer and for leading the course of uniting the APC as one indivisible political entity.

He assured that with coming together of the APC power brokers and indeed the supporter, the chapter of political opposition is closed in Zamfara state.

Sen. Saidu Muhammad Dansadau took lengthy time to remind the APC supporters on the significance of political reconciliation and the benefit it intends to bring in the development of the state.

He made in-depth reference with verses of the Holy Quran and prophetic traditions to explain the necessity of political reconciliation and why people, especially party supporters should accept it.

Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar thanked people of Bakura for their sustained support to the manifestos of the APP, ANPP and now APC noting that their support remain one of the ground pillars that empower the APC to its present level of development.

He assured that, the unity in the Zamfara APC will remain a reference point to Nigerian politicians as peace is turning back to solidify the chances of the party in the state.

Governor Matawalle expressed gratitude to the thousands of party supporters for their patience and assured them of his resolve to continue to do more to enhance their living standard.

He thanked all the APC stakeholders for their commitment to the genuine reconciliation and urged every one to further sealed off their differences for the betterment of the party.

Former Governor Yari and all APC candidates from Zamfara West, while people declared in the open their political solidarity to the candidates.

The campaign train moved to Bungudu local government area on Thursday.

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The Zamfara state Governorship election petition tribunal is to hold its inaugural sitting in Sokoto on Friday the 29th of June 2023.

This is contained in a letter of invitation signed by the Secretary to the tribunal Salihu Umar Esq.

Former Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle had through his counsel Usman O. Sule dragged Dauda Lawal, INEC and PDP to the tribunal challenging the declaration of Dauda Lawal as the elected Governor of Zamfara State.

Matawalle us challenging the non admissibility of the election result collated from Maradun by the state returning officer, non conduct of election in the four remaining Registration Areas of Birnin Magaji LG. as well as over voting in several poling units across the state.

He is praying for the tribunal to declare him winner of the 2023 gubernatorial poll having scoring over (98,000) votes in Maradun as against over (20,000) recorded as the score for his party.

Mr. Usman Sule (SAN) is to lead six other Senior Advocates of Nigeria, inclusive of Prof. Maiyaki in defending the petition filed by Governor Bello Matawalle.




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Zamfara state government, through one of its spokesmans Mustapha Jafar Kaura has declared that the administration of Dauda Lawal will not enter into reconciliation with the armed bandits

Jafar who stated this via interview with the BBC Hausa insisted that Governor Dauda Lawal is saddened by the recent armed bandit tragedy that befallen the people of Janbako and Gora Namaye in Maradun local government area of the state.

He said apart from a message of condolences, the Governor had asked the security agencies to take the most decisive measures of address the deadly situation.

It could be recalled that on Saturday morning some armed bandits laid ambush on some members of a vigilante group and killed over twenty of them while they were on their way to offer reinforcement to the people of Sikkida community who were under attack by the bandits.

They also abducted over (30) women from Janbako community in the same Maradun local government council area.

Ten of the women escaped from captivity and while the police are insisting that they championed their rescue the locals said, the abductees freed themselves without the help of police or any security outfits.


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Suspected bandits in their large number had launched deadly attacks on the people of Raka and Filin Gawa community of Tangaza local government area of Sokoto State.

The attack which resulted in the killing of over thirty persons left scores of others with critical injuries.

Apart from the number of those killed, four houses and some vehicles were also set ablaze by the bandits.

A source said, the bandits had been putting pressure on the locals to pay money in terms of fine before they were allowed to go to their farms.

“People of Tangaza and neighboring villages had been paying money to these bandits and to an extent that some communities such as Azam had to fled their homes because they had no money to pay to these bandits, and they had been putting pressure on them through constant threat of attacks and invasions.

Three months back they had invaded a village under Gwadabawa and rustled over (1,000) assorted livestock.

The source added that many communities had been under the rule of the armed bandits for sometimes now because the government could not do anything to save the people in the hand of these bandits.

The Sokoto State police Spokesperson ASP Ahmad Rufai has confirmed the incident via an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Monday morning.

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