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A chieftain of All Progressive Congress APC in Zamfara retired Colonel Rabiu Garba Yandoto has accused former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubkar and Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa over the escalation of the lingering security challenges confronting the state.

Yandoto who dropped the shocking revelation while leading 300 other APC supporters from his constituency to the PDP at the state government house on Friday said his reason for the defection was to help complement the effort of the administration of Bello Matawalle in ending the lingering security challenges affecting the state.

He alleged that, as the Acting Chairman of the APC security committee for the state, he has useful documents that linked Zamfara former Governor Abdulazeez Yari and Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa with the insecurity challenges in the state.

Yandoto further alleged that during the 2019 elections, Senator Marafa sponsored the killing of three people from Yandoton Daji namely Alhaji Yusuf AG Yandoto who was the APC ward Chairman, Mallam Bala Yakubu, who was also a ward Exco and Mallam Abdullahi Haliru who was a polling unit chairman all in Yandoton Daji ward.

He further alleged that he is in custody of all the evidences to be used in indicting Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa as the one who supplied the perpetrators of the alleged murder with Den Guns and other dangerous weapons for them to execute the heinous act.

The retired military officer further said that he has already petitioned the Police and copied the State APC acting Chairman, Lawali M Liman and the then Tsafe Local Government Council Chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar MC.

He further informed the Governor that he has already filed a suit in a competent court of law to seek for justice on behalf of the victims.

He also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Bello Matawalle to ensure that justice is done to the deceased persons and their suffering families so that it can serve as deterrent to all politicians who are aiding insecurity in the country.

Welcoming Col Yandoto and his supporters into the PDP Governor Bello Matawalle said his administration is determined to end insecurity in the state expressing confidence that with the intensified prayers offered by the good people of Zamfara the challenges will soon become a thing of the past.

He also assured them of level playing ground in the PDP and called on them to continue to support his administration’s effort in its fight against banditry and other criminal activities.

The Governor also expressed his happiness on how APC political supporters are joining PDP on the daily basis in the state describing it as a sign of acceptance of his government’s leadership style, policies and programmes.

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A Zamfara federal house of representatives aspirant Abdulmalik Bungudu Zannan Bungudu has attended an interface with the Bungudu local government council chairman and other APC stakeholders aimed at strategizing ways to strengthen the ongoing reconciliation.

The meeting which was summoned by the Council Chairman Muhammad Maitutare emphasized on the need for the APC supporters from both side of the divide in Zamfara to accept the reconciliation in the spirit of unity and progress.

He said accepting the consensus candidate anointed by the Governor is the only answer to showing solidarity to the decision of the Governor.

The aspirant who was a former federal lawmaker Abdulmakik Zubairu thanked the council chairman and all the stakeholders for the support and assured them his commitment to ensuring that the party succeeded.

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It was a moment of jubilation for the supporters of Dr. Dauda Lawal Gamjin Gusau one of the aspirants eying for the seat of the Governor of Zamfara state under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He has conducted one of the best state of the earth rally with thousands of supporters across the divides driving with happiness to welcome him at Yankara, Zamfara state border town with Katsina.

His arrival to Zamfara on Sunday marked the beginning of a new dawn for the opposition People’s Democratic Party in Zamfara state, as the journey of 45-50 minutes took him over eight hours to finish.

He was stopped by thousands of supporters at the entry of every village and town along Zaria-Gusau highway to wish him well and prayed for God almighty to bless his gubernatorial candidature.

Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare who was looking visibly emotional and delighted with the mammoth crowd that came on the streets to welcome him said he is optimistic and confident that his gubernatorial candidature will surely triumph in 2023.

He expressed hope that the journey from 2023 will raise the hope of Zamfara people since his inspiration is to transform Zamfara state in the area of infrastructures, education, quality health care system, job creation, widening opportunities in small and medium enterprises as well as sustainable reforms beyond his period as Governor.

A young, agile Ibrahim Garba who trekked from Yankara to Gusau said he has high hope for the gubernatorial candidature of Dauda Lawal considering his track record while in the banking sector and his admiration to transforming humanity.

He said whenever he listened to perspective from Dauda Lawal he renewed his hope for the new Zamfara state because of his careful understanding of the governance crises rocking the state and his vision of how he want to create new opportunities for Zamfara state.

Another young woman Fatima who stood for hours at Gusau Hotel round about to welcome Dr. Dauda said many people she interacted with have raised new hope in the aspiration of Dauda Lawal which is ringing bell. She said the quality in everything done by Dr, Dauda will surely manifest in his administration if elected.

Another Youth Corp member Chineze Thomas said, he has heard about the competency of Dr. Dauda Lawal from many people who worked with him in the banking sector and the conclusion about him was that “he is the best for the Zamfara gubernatorial projects and prayed for God almighty to see him through the routes of success in 2023.

As for his chances in the PDP, Alh Tanuimu Garba a secondary school teacher in Tsafe said, with people like Dr. Dauda Lawal in the party, PDP has become a new hope for Zamfara people.



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Twelve Zamfara aspirants contesting for the post of federal house of representative are gearing up for the APC primaries scheduled for Thursday the 26th of May 2021

Those who are likely to secure the ticket unopposed are Ahmad Usman Gummi for Gummi/Bukkuyum, Umar Sarkin Fada Zurmi/Shinkafi, Muhammad Ahmed Sani Bakura/Maradun and Isah Muhammad Anka for Anka and Bukkuyum Federal Constituency.

As for Maru/Bungudu, five aspirants are to contest the ticket on Thursday and they include Dr. Bashir Muhammad Maru, Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu, Sufiyanu Usman, Abdulrahaman Tumbido and Aliyu Sulaiman Dansadau.

As for Gusau and Tsafe federal constituency, Sanusi Garba Rikiji and Fatima Mu’azu are to contest the ticket at the level of party primaries.

All aspirants, especially those for Maru and Bungudu are gearing up and meeting with the delegates to canvass for votes ahead of the date scheduled for the party primaries.

None of the aspirants who contesting at the level of primaries from Gusau/Tsafe and Maru/Bungudu constituencies has so far step down from the race.

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