Former civilian Governor of Zamfara state Sen. Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura has declared that, prior to the impeachment of the former Deputy Governor Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau he has advised him to resign his position peacefully.
Yarima who stated this during an exclusive interview with Thunder Blowers in Abuja insisted that if Mahadi had resigned his position he would have an honorable exit as against his impeachment.
He said when the move for the impeachment of the Deputy Governor begins, I reached out to former Governor of Sokoto Attahiru Bafarawa and asked him to advise Mahadi to resign before the situation reach to the stage of impeachment, but the former Deputy Governor did not accept the advice.
He added that, former Governor Bafarawa called Mahdi’s father General Aliyu Gusau in his presence, but surprisingly, they opted to proceed to court thinking the court can save him.
Yarima insisted that the highest thing the court can do in these types of situations is to make a pronouncement that appropriate procedures have not been followed,, but it can’t stop state lawmakers from proceeding with their impeachment plans.
“When the impeachment issue started last year, some Northern elders like Sani Zangon Daura and Dr. Bello Haliru intimated me to talk to the Governor not to allow that to happen and when I reached out to the Governor Matawalle he said if Mahadi and PDP will not be attacking his government he has no issue with his stay in the PDP, and he will not plan for his impeachment” Yarima added.
He said even when he accepted to talk to the Governor based on the appeal made by these Northern elders, he said he knew the only option for Barr. Mahadi was to resign his position peacefully.
“After peaceful outreach to the Deputy Governor, few days back I saw on TV that the PDP has opened a new office and Barr. Mahadi was making some utterances that he is now the leader of the PDP in Zamfara and between him and Governor is a fight-to-finish, and you know you can’t have two leaders in one state” Yarima added.
“When I listened to such utterances I knew there may likely be going to be a problem and I also I knew even if I talk again, nothing would stop the impeachment move”.