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Not until Saturday the 28th of November 2020 many people especially political observers have not dictated the political direction of the PDP in the scheduled  December 5th Bakura State Assembly bye election in Zamfara state because the party and its candidate have gone in to hiding living people in suspense of whether they are at all serious or not.

Unlike APC and its candidates Dankande Gamji who have been making one political activity and consultation or the other many believe its either the PDP had surrendered its political destiny for the bye election or it is making a hidden political calculation which does not need public attention in its bid to winning the bye election. 

Again the rumor circulating the public that PDP is eying for the APC candidate Dankande to step down his political contest in return of some compensation has further deepened the suspecion and fear that PDP is not at all serious with the Bakura legislative race. 

But with what happened in Sarurday at Bakura one can see it visibly clear that PDP is adopting a game of “hide and seek” hence thousands of its supporters have converged in Bakura town to rally round their support for the party’s candidate Mr. T. Tukur.

The grand rally was actually full of story telling that the power of the ruling  government is in the work hence all political actors in the state from the Deputy Governor down to the Councilors of the 14 local government councils have attended the grand rally.

This is normal because previous governments of Yarima, Mamuda and later Abdulazeez have also make use of state aparatus to mobilize crowd during campaign rallies just for what many termed as “show of force” .

It is not clear whether the crowd mobilized by the PDP may be an indicator enough to justify if it can wins the Bakura  bye election or not hence APC has mobilized similar forces before the bye election was postponed by the INEC during their grand rally last month.

I think what matters in Nigerian politics today is the popularity of both the candidate aspiring for position and what his party is able to do to the people in terms of provision of socio-economic services to the people. 

With the growing political development in Nigeria especially after the 2019 general elections, parties should have learned lessons in sponsoring candidates that have track record in serving humanity because that is what matters now.

Incumbency or political god-fatherism does not pay hence Bauchi State alone has set a political precedent by voting out the incumbent Governor and also elected their legislatures for the state and federal constituencies not according party affiliation but according to the integrity of the candidates. 

As for the Bakura bye election it is going to be a “battle of power test” between the serving Governor Bello Matawalle and his party the PDP and former Governor Abdulazeez Yari and his party the APC.

It is a battle of power test because it’s outcome is unpredictable hence both parties claimed it owns the popularity of the common people of Bakura local government. 

We are still in touch with the memory of the bye election in Anka during the regime of Mamuda Sbinkafi and how that particular bye election predicted the outcome of the 2011 general election in Zamfara State. 

INEC and Police claimed they are fully prepared for the conduct of the December 5th Bakura  bye election and it is left for the two warring parties the PDP and APC to put their apt together and do the campaign and election with decorum and allow voters in Bakura to vote for their choice as that is the only answer for now. 

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.


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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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