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I AM NOT PARTY TO LITIGATION AGAINST MATAWALLE FOR DEFECTING TO APC, AMINU JAJI

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A chieftain of All Progressive Congress in Zamfara Aminu Sani Jaji has distanced himself from the purported plan to file litigation against Governor Bello Matawalle over his planned defection to the APC.

Mr Jaji who declared his position on Monday during interaction with journalists in Gusau said, the statement made by Senator Marafa during the flag off of the distribution of food stuffs for Ramadan was not done in consultation with some of them who are stakeholders in the party.

“I am not a party to litigation against Governor Matawalle even if he made up his mind to defect to APC. Everybody should be given level playing ground to participate politically and join any political movement he so wishes”.

“If anybody in APC feels going to court to challenge Bello Matawalle because he is defecting to APC he is free to do that but count Aminu Jaji out of it I will welcome him to the party just as I did for others. When the time comes everybody should allow people to decide his fate.”

“For several times former Governor Abdulazeez Yaris received defectors including “political thugs” snapped pictures with them and even give them money. I did the same and every other politician does the same then what about a seating Governor?” Jaji asked.

He added that what APC should have done is to welcome Matawalle just the way it does to others and when the time for crossing the bridge come the common people should decide the fate of everyone.

“If the constitution allows for freedom of political association who then would stop Matawalle or any other person from defecting to APC? I think those breeding this type of thinking are not good democrats”.

On the fear that the Governor may hijacked the party structure, Jaji said, APC has a mode of conducting party primaries which is direct, indirect or consensus and that anybody who think the Governor can manipulate any of these processes then he is not a serious politician.

“For me asking Matawalle not defect to APC is a clear violation of his constitutional right as provided for by section 40 of the Nigerian constitution 1999 as amended.

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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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