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GOV. MATAWALLE RELEASES N10 MILLION NAIRA RUNNING COST TO SEN. MARAFA LED FACTION OF APC, PAYS ANOTHER N48M SALARY TO SUPPORTERS OF THE SENATOR MONTHLY.

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The Special Adviser to Zamfara State Governor on Comprehensive Agricultural Programme (ZACAREP) Muzakkiru Sidi Bawa has alleged that Governor Bello Matawalle is releasing the sum of N10 million naira monthly as running cost for the APC Marafa faction since his inauguration as Zamfara Governor.

He also alleged that Matawalle is releasing the sum of N48 million naira monthly for payment of salary to political appointees from Senator Marafa’s faction.

Muzakkiru Sidi Bawa who made the declaration when he featured in a radio Zamfara special programme said, it is an act of betrayal for Senator Marafa to criticize Matawalle since he has done his best to accommodate his political liabilities.

He noted that when Senator Marafa invited them in Kaduna and asked them to pull out of Governor Matawalle’s government he challenged that proposal out rightly and informed the Senator that there is no reason for him to leave Matawalle’s government.

He described as unfortunate the statement credited to Senator Marafa during an APC function in Gusau on Sunday that “all those appointees from his faction who left for the PDP have left for a mission and would return at a later time” saying the statement is a figment of imagination.

He added that “since after that encounter with Senator Marafa in Kaduna we have never seen eye to eye neither communicate through telephone.

Sidi added that, at the age of forty they have every wisdom needed to take a decision of their own and explained that he has to join forces with Governor Matawalle with all sense of sincerity.

“Matawalle has given us Secretary to the State Government, a post of Commissioner and Special Advisers, and we have no reason to betray him”.

Muzakkiru further said when he listens to the Senator making his speeches at the APC rally on Sunday he thought the Senator wasn’t in his full senses hence he had not spoken like the usual Kabiru Marafa he knew.

But in a reaction, the Spokes Person of Senator Kabiru Marafa Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun denied that Matawalle is releasing N10 million monthly for running the Marafa led faction of the APC noting that Matawalle has never released a dime to the party.

He also insisted that, all those who left for the PDP from their faction have gone on a mission and would soon return after the mission is accomplished.

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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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