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Abdulmalik Garba Gajam is a young politician from Zamfara state whose political history is full of innovation and hope for greater change. His greatest ambition while in politics was to see that he work with the network of people of like mind to effect the needed changes in terms of instituting quality leadership and good governance especially in fighting poverty, unemployment, and job creation.

He recently bought the APC gubernatorial nomination form to contest the seat with the serving Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle before he was pursued to step down his ambition in the interest of ensuring the unity of the party.

In this interview with the Managing Editor of the Thunder Blowers, he shared his experiences in politics and how he was pursued to step down his ambition of contesting for the post of Governor of Zamfara under the ruling All Progressive Congress.


You have been an active voice in the Zamfara politics and before the recent development many people may like to know, what has been your experiences in politics?

Firstly if you remember I made my first declaration in your studio sometimes in 2020 and if you could recall again, I told you my reasons for being into politics is to work with critical minds to change the fortune of things in Zamfara State .

I was never happy with the way things are happening in my state, and my understanding of the problems associated with the under-development of Zamfara is purely a leadership failure. I decided to join the gubernatorial race in 2023 because I believe I have what it takes to change the narratives and I believed there are many stakeholders on the ground that are ready to support this ambition.

When I started, I realized that there are thousands of potential youths that I can use to form a strong network to challenge the current leadership and that encouraged me further, and we started in an excellent note.

The journey for me was full of lessons that I will have to carry over again and continue to engage people of like-mind so that we can continue to pursue an aspiration of changing the fortune of things in Zamfara.

What are those experiences, can you share them with your readers?

I learned that why Zamfara state is in shamble because there is no strong leadership institution which understand the true picture of Zamfara problems. I also learned that, the public service system which is supposed to be the engine room of development has died a natural death in the state and this is the more reason the civil servants cannot help the political elites to initiate new ideas that will help address the nagging issues confronting Zamfara state.

Furthermore, I also learned that excess poverty is buying deep into the political conscience and behavior of Zamfara people because from experience in politics, what matters more to the majority of Zamfara people is money majorly credibility, competency or integrity are essentially not an issue of concern to the majority of Zamfara people .


Another experience I gathered in politics is that the people in Zamfara who constitute the majority had clearly understood that, things are not working well and are ready to work with anybody who has a solution to their socio-economic issue. I also learned that the political class have clearly understood that they have failed the people and that is why they’re afraid of political competition with young actors like us.

But to sum it up with you, we have a task ahead of us if really we want to change things for the better in Zamfara and our greatest challenge now is how to fish-out the so-called political elites because they constitute greater percentage of the issues faced by our society.

To what extent can you say money influenced Nigerian politics using Zamfara State as a case study?

To be honest with you everything about the Nigerian politics is money and the biggest issue is the political behavior of average voter in Nigeria on how he will get money from a politician without asking for the source and integrity. To visit your state and interact with the people money matters if not majority you will target will not be available for you.

No matter the quality of your idea if you does not have money as a politician people will not listen to you and people will not have regard in you this is how bad the situation has become.

In fact, at a point into my political journey I almost backed out because of the pressure for money. While you are trying to salvage the people and bring an array of hope for them, their thinking is what to get from you. No matter how hard you tried to put sense in them, they will not see reason in supporting you to change their situation, what matters much for them is money and nothing but money.

So this is how bad the situation has become, but we shall not lose hope things may get better with the coming together of the people of like-minds to struggle collectively.

People were shocked when they heard that you stepped down your gubernatorial ambition, can you tell your readers what actually happened?

You know we had been interacting from time to time since I started my political journey, and you knew and understand my political principles, but you know in everything you do you cannot rule out chances of appeal.

It will interest you to note that, I have passed through a silly experience even at the party headquarters before I was given a nomination form and even after paying my money and submitting my draft to the office of the National Organizing Secretary. But believe me I stood my ground and I succeeded in scaling through the hurdles.

I undergo the normal screening exercise, and I was cleared. However don’t forget with all these experiences I am mindful of the pressure being put in me to step-down, but I insisted I will proceed because I believed I am into this game for the people.

After the screening exercise I have begun consultation with the stakeholders particularly the delegates and the result I was getting were fully impressive. Up to the last hour we have resolved to step-down, delegates were asking us to remain in the race considering the fresh hope we are bringing to the system which is seen by many as a failure.

But when the Governor realized that I am becoming a threat to his candidature, he began to reach-out to the stakeholders who matters much to me and begged me to step-down for him. I initially objected but because of the intervention of my parent I have to respect their wish and step-down my ambition because of some convincing reasons they have advanced to me.

But there have been speculations ongoing that, you were paid money worth N300,000,000.00 to step down for the Governor and beside that, they have bought a house for you at Maitama in Abuja and also dashed you a 2020 model of Toyota Lexus what are you going to say about these speculations that are ongoing?

I have heard a lot of these speculations going on that I was given money and so many things to step-down, but it is normal in politics you cannot stop people from saying their mind about your movement or political antecedent. But in all honesty, none of the allegations or speculations were true.

I stepped down for Governor Matawalle based on the appeal by my parents and other concern stakeholders, and he knew there was never a condition attached to our agreement.

I looked at Zamfara and the stake of those who appealed to me and I believed in every decision you took there should be someone that matters to you and that can ask you to reverse such decision in the overall interest of peace and unity.

So, I called on the people to ignore the speculations and rumors going on, there are no iota of truth in it and money or whatever material thing was not involved in our collective agreement between me and Governor Matawalle.

And moreover, people have listened to my speech on that fateful date and I have asked the Governor and his team to reconsider some of his decisions in the overall interest of the development of many sectors in the state.

You have teamed up with the Governor to carry on with the Zamfara project, people said you have become invisible since after the Governorship primaries and things are happening in the politics of APC Zamfara without you what happened?

Honestly I am not satisfied with the political development in Zamfara under the current Governor and to be candid with you I don’t think I can continue with these people under one political umbrella.

I am still making consultations and in few days time I will announced to my teeming supporters where our political direction will head-on because like I told you there are people that believed in us and are ready to support our mission and we shall not betrayed them because we have stepped down our ambition.

So why I remain silent on the political development of the state for now is to enable me watch and see if the political sense of direction of the APC under Governor Bello Matawalle will bee too good for us to join collectively but if things continue like this I think we have to take the most appropriate political decision in the interest of our people.

So by implication are you opting out of the APC?

Soonest I will tell you our position and like I said this is a decision we shall take collectively with our people because I am not playing the game alone. If the decision is for us to change a new political direction so be it and we shall collectively fly and succeeded together.

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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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