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A Former Minister For Information and Communication, Alhaji Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, has called on leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to desist from attitudes that promote division within the party but work together for its overall success ahead the 2023 general elections.

Alhaji Bilbis who stated this in a statement in Abuja, said the call has become necessary in view of the rancour and acrimony generated over the bid by vested interests to corner certain positions within the party ahead of the 2023 elections.

Observing that the divisions cut across states and at the national level, the former minister, who is one of the prominent leaders of the party in Zamfara State, said, it is high time a conscious effort is made to bring all the warring groups together to achieve a common goal

He said as 2023 is fast approaching, APC cannot afford to allow the current turmoil within its ranks to persist, but must put its house in order to enable it plan well to win massively in the 2023 elections.

“We are yet to come out of the crises that rocked most state chapters of the party during the congresses and our national convention is still ahead while the jostle for the presidential and other tickets of the party has started.

“The time to put the party in order is now, we are almost running out of time and we cannot achieve anything if we continue to allow the cracks and the divisions to widen.

“Leaders of the party should be prevailed upon to sacrifice their selfish interests where it clashes with the overall interest of the party in order to give others a sense of belonging in the party,” he said

Alhaji Bilbis said he sees no reason for the rancour and bitterness within the APC as there are enough positions to go round both individual and group interests.

He said, “Let us first of all put our selfish interests behind to work for the collective interest of the party so we can win.”

The former minister reminded leaders and other stakeholders of the APC of a similar admonition President Muhammadu Buhari made to them some weeks ago, harping on the need for leaders of the party to close ranks and work together.

“The President had to remind us recently of what may be the likely consequence if we fail to close ranks to project the party ahead of the 2023 general elections and stressed that without unity of purpose among the leaders and other party members, APC might lose to the opposition and I share this position by Mr. President.”

Alhaji Bilbis aligned himself with the view of President Buhari, that the APC leaders need a stronger sense of commitment that will translate into electoral victories at the polls.

“We need the right strategy and sense of organization to plan and win big for our party and we cannot achieve that in an atmosphere of bitterness and rancour more so as our national convention is just by the corner.

“We cannot afford to be complacent as there is a big hurdle before us to cross before 2023 so we must swallow our pride to do the right thing by coming together,” he stated

Alhaji Bilbis also warned that even as the party is seeking a competent leader to elect as national chairman ahead the 2023 elections, it is important that it elects a well experienced and committed person to fill the position as he said the party has no time to put someone who will only come and start learning on the job.

He said, “We have to put the right people who have the right quality to lead the party irrespective of where the person comes from.

The Former Minister insisted that none of those who have indicated interest in vying for the position of APC national chairman so far match the credentials of the former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari.

He said not only is Yari capable in of doing the job effectively and efficiently, but that the former governor has shown that he is someone who has the interest of the party and the nation at heart.

“Not only that but he has the qualities to bring all the warring parties in the party together as he has earned his respect as a just and fair leader especially when he was the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.”

Alhaji Bilbis warned those who lack the capacity to add value to the party and who cannot contribute anything meaningful to its growth to withdraw from the race saying the position of national chairman of a ruling party goes beyond being a mere job for the boys.

He said Yari should be given the chance to lead the party based on his competence.

The former Minister also took a swipe at the presidential ambition of a former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Ahmed Sani Yeriman Bakura.

He described the recent declaration by Ahmed Sani to contest the election as laughable saying it is obvious that Yerima is only being sponsored to play the role of spoiler to Yari’s ambition because it has become obvious that Yari is capable of winning the seat

He said, “This is someone who has not done or contributed anything to the party since the present dispensation despite his being a governor for eight straight years and a senator for good 12 years.

“You cannot point at any project worth 1 billion he has done when he was governor yet he makes mockery of himself that he wants to be president.”

The former minister said he is not surprised by the role Yerima is playing because it has been his stock in trade to cause confusion due to selfish considerations.

“Those of us from Zamfara know him very well otherwise how do you explain a situation where someone will say he contesting for the presidency when he is from the same state and senatorial zone with the leading aspirant for the national championship of the party.

“These kind of people should not be taken seriously as they don’t mean well for the party,” Bilbis concluded.

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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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