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FMR. ZAMFARA GOV. SEN. YARIMA DECLARES INTENT FOR PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN 2023

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Former civilian Governor of Zamfara Sen. Ahmad Rufai Sani has made a formal declaration to contest for the President of Nigeria in the forthcoming 2023 presidential race.

Yarima who spoke during a BBC Hausa radio program “Gane Mani Hanya” said, since President Buhari is not contesting for President again he will continue to pursue his presidential aspiration.

“If God spares my life by 2023 I am going to contest for the post of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” Yarima declares.

Yarima further said, “In 2007 I have made similar attempt but the Arewa Consultative Forum and other respected elders of the North pleaded with me and other contenders to step down for Muhammadu Buhari, and we agreed.

“After I stepped down, I made a promise that once Muhammadu Buhari is aspiring for the post of the President, I will not contest with him. In 2017, when people asked me to contest I said unless if Muhammadu Buhari is not contesting for the second term I will contest” Yarima explained.

“Now that he has been elected as President twice and his tenure is ending in 2023, I decided to make a public pronouncement that I am contesting for the post of the President come 2023”.

On why, he insisted in becoming president of Nigeria Yarima said, “I served as Governor of Zamfara for eight good years, Senator for twelve good years so with the experiences I have gathered, I understand that Nigeria is suffering from two main problems, poverty, and illiteracy”.

“If government can come up with policies to enhance agriculture and live stock production, support small-scale entrepreneurship and everyone is empowered to do one business or the other, the issue of insecurity and other socio-economic issues crises affecting Nigerians will be addressed”.

On why, he shall aspire for the post of president when he knew fully that Muhammadu Buhari came from the North and from same geo-political zone with him, Yarima said “both the constitution of the APC and that of Nigeria do not provide room for zoning. If to say there is room for zoning and the post of the president is not zoned to someone’s area of geographical location, it would be an act of madness for the same person to aspire for the post. The emphasis on both constitutions is “Nigerian regardless of the zone he came from”.

“There is no zoning in APC constitution and even In the PDP constitution, and if you insist on zoning are you going to compel someone whose presidency is not zoned to his own geopolitical area to vote for someone he dislikes?” Yarima asked.

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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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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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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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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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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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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