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Garba Muhammad Bala
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I am a citizen of Zamfara who is always interested in issues that would help change the narrative about our predicament of under-development. In all honesty, I am writing this opinion article because I believed we shall not be allowed to grow a misleading society which is full of lies and deceit, and I was disappointed when I read an article allegedly written by Dr. Bashir Maru the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Bello Matawalle.

I am responding not as an agent of the government but as a citizen who has dogged deep to ascertain the true picture of what transpired between Dr. Bashir Maru and his former principal Bello Matawallen Maradun.

To say my mind straight, this is the least I expected from someone who I hold with high regard for being a comrade since during the days of university and even as public servant.

As learned, I expected Dr. Maru to deny the story trending that he is involved in the scandalous criminal case of attempt to fraudulently sale away an official vehicle belonging to Zamfara State Government and also deny the story by an online media outlet Smart News that he was arraigned while at large.

If he is involved, I expected him also to say his counter-narrative  and to clear his name from the allegation of fraud, but instead he tried to beat around the bush and tactically raised other baseless issues simply as an antic of taking away the mindset of the people from the main issue.

For me, if Dr. Maru has one million plus one issues to raise against Governor Matawalle or his government he is free to do that at his own risk, but that should ne separated from the main issue at stake. Unless he can do that he’s only nailing him self the more because the Governor, the SSG, the Permanent Secretary Government House and CSO to the Governor may wish to take it up with him for damages and personality attack.

One of his aides who was used in connivance to sale out the car was also arrested as a principal suspect, and he gave his statement confirming the conduct of the shoddy deal and the police also invited all stakeholders allegedly involved in this criminal act, and they have testified to what had happened.

Part of the conspiracy against Dr. Maru and his co-travellers is allegation that he used a fake letter headed paper to develop a content of an allocation to the former Chairman of the PDP late Ibrahim Mallaha of blessed memory, alleging that the vehicle was allocated to him by the office of the SSG.

To say the worst of this act of conspiracy, the families of the late politician had testified that late Ibrahim Mallaha had never been allocated a Hilux Vehicle by the government of Matawalle let alone it was not part of the records of the vehicles or assets he has left behind.

The SSG has also established that the letter head paper and the content were all faked by the suspects and indeed there was no evidence on record that, the office of the SSG had ever allocated a vehicle to the late politician.

The police had already compiled their evidences and proceed to court to arraign Dr. Maru and his aides and while the rest appeared Dr. Bashir for whatever reason failed to either come to the court himself or sent lawyers to enter appearance on his behalf.

Based on this factual submission, what issue does Governor Bello Matawalle have in this case? Is he the car dealer? Or the police IPO or the prosecutor? Or are any of the principal aides of the Governor mentioned by Dr. Maru in his write-up involved from the stage of the recovery of the vehicle to the level of investigation.

It is a known fact that because someone is accused of doing something which is against the law does not mean he is guilty of the allegations against him until convicted by an appropriate court of law section (95) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria is clear.

What I expect Dr. Maru to do is to go to the court or ask his lawyers to enter appearance on his behalf and face the case squarely so that he can get himself exonerated if at all he is innocent of the allegations labeled against him. And for me, I feel personally this strategy of media dribbling cannot prevent him from facing justice if in the long-run he is convicted.


As per as I am concern and in my personal views, Dr. Maru came up with an idea of contesting for the seat of the Federal House of Representative to get himself shield from facing the wrath of justice. If not, he should have distanced his recent ordeal to the process he has tactically entered into for political logic.

However, it is an open fact that the fact that Dr. Maru was allowed to pick a nomination form, undergo the process of screening and also be allowed to go to the venue and participate in the party primaries no one can establish any element of marginalization against his right to political participation by the Governor or any of his aide as alleged by Dr. Maru.

For him to also be allowed to file a court processes challenging what he perceived as irregularities at the primary election has actually speak volume about the guarantee of his freedom as a citizen under the watch of Matawalle government.

I think for Dr. Maru to link his ordeal with the security agencies and his consequent prosecution over his role in defrauding the government and people of Zamfara state is just a calculated attempt to take away the mindset of the people from the genuine issue at stake.

Long before the commencement of the sales of nomination forms for the APC, Dr. Maru has been on administrative bail by the State CID over fraudulent attempt mentioned earlier.

And as per as I am concern the decision of the delegates from Maru and Bungudu to allocate zero votes for him is enough to probe that his contest for the Maru/Bungudu legislative race is just a myriad because from the outcome of the primaries, it clearly indicates that, he knew nobody in his immediate constituency.

As for the issue of going to court to seek redress Dr. Maru shall understand that, if there is anyone who respects the court and its decision in Nigeria is Governor Bello Matawalle because he is a bye product of the court decision as the elected Governor and I have the optimism that Dr. Maru shall fail woefully in his court case in the long run.


It is my humble view that Dr. Maru should take the appropriate steps of blowing any fact he claimed to have against Governor Matawalle or any of his aides to the appropriate authorities for them to investigate I am sure that will show to the whole world that he is a good citizen of the country.

But let him be fully conscious of the facts that there are over one million facts about his misdeeds as DCO’s and Chairman of the Hospital Management Service Board of Zamfara awaiting him.

His alleged scandalous roles at ZAMCHEMA and also the consolidated health care fund he allegedly connive to mismanaged and many more including his corrupt activities when he was handling security votes for the security personals on special duties are all available and will be used to probe to the entire world that his side of the story is just too bad to reckon with.

All the success stories he claimed to have influenced in this government are mere folk tales because he has met the initiatives already provided as part of the agenda of the Governor, and it is an open facts that, Matawalle is just too passionate to implementing them.

Let him be fully aware that with or without Dr. Maru such successes must be recorded because they are part of developmental agenda of the government.

He shall not forget the simple facts that he has done the worst for this government by leaking sensitive official documents to the opposition and that was the greatest mischief one can do after he is being trusted by his principal

Let him tell the whole world why he was removed as the Deputy Chief of Staff and how he lobbied extensively to be reappointed as Chairman of Zamfara state Hospital Service Board.

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The Senator representing Zamfara North Sahabi Alh Yau has inaugurate his 2023 campaign at Kaura Namoda local government area, the headquarters of the Senatorial zone.

The campaign inauguration was attended by hundreds of party supporters and well-wishers who joined the campaign rally with jubilation.

The Senator who expressed satisfaction with the effort he has put in place so far in delivering to his 2019 campaign promises assured that if provided the opportunity again, he will do more to consolidate from what he has done and ensure that more federal opportunities are brought to the door steps of his constituents.

He took time to make a review of his stewardship and thanked his constituents for given him the opportunity to represent them at the Nigeria’s upper chamber.

On the APC Presidential candidature, Sen. Yau in insisted that, Tinubu and Shetima Presidential candidature is the best option for Nigeria especially with the effort put in place by the Buhari led administration and why the gesture need to be sustained.

He urged people of his constituency to massively vote for Tunubu and Shatima as well as all the APC candidates across the board.

AFormer Governor Mahmuda Shinkafi, former Sen. Tijjani Yahaya and a host of other prominent personalities from the Zone attended the campaign Flag off.

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Yusuf Idris Gusau


This is no doubt the best of times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

The party and its many candidates deserve the sympathy of all for the current situation it finds itself in.

Having lost all hopes of making any impact in the forthcoming general elections, it has resorted to untoward means, behaving like a bull in a china shop, destroying anything and everything in its way.

But how can a party of PDP’s standing, which has been in power at some points for many years and its candidates behave like deranged women whose kids have suddenly gone missing?

In this moment of madness, there should be a sane member within the lot who could rein them in; a rallying figure who could calm the fraying nerves.

But when a ranking member of one of the country’s highest law making body, the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gummi’s joined the fray, it then becomes obvious that the situation is irredeemable.

The party, as it were, is doomed and at a dire point of no return.

The honourable member of the House of Representatives has swelled the number of the PDP’s attack dogs whose targets include the ruling party and the state chief executive, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

In a press statement he recently signed on behalf of “PDP candidates” titled “On critical national alert” Gummi went the “dishonourable” path by throwing decorum to the wind and lunched viral attacks on person and personality of Governor Matawalle with no iota of respect for his seat as the father of the state.

In doing so he deployed uncouth, crude and abusive language symptomatic of those low level maniacs unleashed at every opportunity as dogs of war.

But why will anyone be surprised at the action of this charlatan who forgot that his behavior could rob off on the integrity of the lower chamber he represents and taint the reputation of his colleagues in that reputable and respected institution? He is PDP member in the state after all and their stock in trade is to cause breach of peace in the state.

In the said press statement, Gummi went a rigmarole quoting the respected late social crusader, Martins Luther King and dancing around in circle.

From all his outing and vituperations, the only take away was the supposed arrest on Monday, November 28, of the party’s candidate for Zamfara central senatorial district, Alhaji Ikira Aliyu Bilbis by the police on charges of vandalism, which he claimed were trumped up.

In trying to elicit public sympathy to himself and co-travelers, he lumped the current issue with the earlier arrest of the Nigeria Union of Journalists chairman in the state but as usual, his effort failed to invoke the emotion and public outcry he had envisaged.

But let us even give him the benefit of the doubt and interrogate the issues his outing threw up. He has informed the public why Bilbis was arrested, but said the charges were “trumped up”. Really?

How did Gummi who is a lawmaker come about such a position over an issue that is before a court of law? Why is he in a hurry to clear the accused even before the court adjudicate on the matter.

The police even from Gummi’s statement did the needful by arresting Bilbis. They (police) did not hold him or keep him for long in their cell but charged him to court after their investigation.

The onus is therefore on the accused to exonerate and clear himself of the allegations.

The court even went ahead to grant him bail as Gummi testified in his statement. So why is it anybody’s fault if the accused failed to meet the bail condition? And because his associate failed to meet the stipulated condition to effect his release, Gummi is now accusing the judge and police of being tools in the hands of Matawalle in his alleged witch hunt of the opposition.

If a sitting governor is desirous in tackling an opponent who is clearly linked with a crime it would have been easy to clamp such person in police custody and claim that investigation is still ongoing as has been the case everywhere.

However, in this case, the police did not waste anytime in charging the accused to court where he is expected to defend himself. The court and its presiding judge should be commended for the expressway it granted the accused bail instead of being needlessly vilified like Gummi is doing.

His allegation that Matawalle was trying to muzzle the main opposition to whittle down their power and influence in the forthcoming elections is laughable because the PDP is not in reckoning and not a threat to APC in anyway.

He even went ahead to list those he thinks Matawalle will go after including the party’s governorship candidate, Lawal Dauda Dare. Waoo! Is this not absurd? Is Lawal Dare even in contention for the governorship race with all the court cases dangling over his head?

The so called governorship is still traumatized over his defeat at the federal high court, which nullified the primary that produced him and recently, the Appeal court.

It is fundamental to note that his ordeals were from his own very party and has nothing to do with Governor Matawalle. So it’s absurd to blame others for PDP’s misfortune and allege that anyone would hunt it’s candidates whose political future are uncertain.

And resorting to violence as a means to an end like the party and its members have been doing could only heighten the already tensed atmosphere which Matawalle has been working round-the -clock to manage.

The billboard saga wasn’t the only violent imprints the party has left on its route to 2023, a rally at its governorship candidate’s home had led to lost of Iives even as many were wounded. It’s sad that Gumi left out such important development from his statement.

As per the NUJ chairman which Gummi tried unsuccessfully to lump Bilbis case with to draw inspiration, he should have done the needful by telling the public the background of the affected person and the circumstances leading to such state of affairs to enable them appreciate and interrogate the issue based on its merit.

It’s imperative that Gummi calls a press conference or issue another statement to shedlight on the matter.

Having come from an honourable family, one would have thought Gumi will keep the legacy of the parental training we thought he received, unfortunately, even if he had such grooming as he was growing up, elements of bad politics and the fear of losing in the upcoming 2023 general elections have infuriated to throw away his sensibilities and turn disrespectful, dishonourable and regardless.

Certainly, with the overwhelming wind of mass support and mass mobilization going on in the APC, the likes of Gumi will not even be noticed when the electorate cast their votes to bring in APC at all levels in the coming elections.

As it were, rep Gummi achieved nothing by his recent desperate tactics. The PDP is doomed and irredeemable, and by 2023 the party will go into permanent extinction in Zamfara State.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State
4th November, 2022

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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