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I HANDED OVER POWER AS ZAMFARA GOVERNOR WITH 65 MILLION NAIRA IN MY BANK ACCOUNT: SEN. YARIMA

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Former Zamfara State Governor Sen. Ahmad Sani Yarima has declared that, he has left the seat of power as Zamfara Governor with only 65 million naira in his bank account.

Yarima who stated this during an exclusive interview with Thunder Blowers on Thursday in Abuja said, he has left the government highly fulfilled and with a conviction that he has done well for the people noting that, the only 65 million naira he has as at that time cannot even secure him a house in Abuja instead he has to resort to applying for bank loan.

“When I left the government as Governor of Zamfara I wanted a house in Abuja as newly elected Senator and the house secured for me at Asokoro costs over 200 million naira so out of no option I have to apply for bank loan from the UBA to pay for the house and I later used my allowances at the Senate to settle the debt”.

“We agreed with the UBA that the bank would retain the certificate and other documents related to the house secured as collateral pending when I paid off the loan, and I agreed to their offer. This is how UBA assisted me to secure my first house in Abuja.

He added, “Former Governor Mamuda wanted to pay off the loan for me, but I warned him to desist from using public funds to settle my personal needs and informed him God almighty would provide a way out for me and that is how I rejected the offer from Mamuda”.

Sen. Yarima who affirmed that he has never taken advantage of his position to steal public funds throughout his tenure as Governor said what he does when he was a Zamfara Governor was to use the state funds to empower people and build their confidence through what he called “citizen oriented programmes” .

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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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