It is not clear as to what is happening to Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau the former Deputy Governor of Zamfara state as nobody is hearing anything about him regarding the Zamfara PDP and its political movement.
He seems to have lost control of the captainship of the party, after Dauda Lawal and few others defected from the APC and joined the People’s Democratic Party PDP.
Before now, Mahadi Aliyu was fully controlling the PDP in Zamfara and he was bent on making sure that he revived the party since the serving Governor of Zamfara State Bello Muhammad Matawalle has defected out of the party.
He has made so much sacrifice for the PDP to the extent that he was tactically aged out of the party in Zamfara by the new political co-travellers a circumstance which is seen as the most deceitful of the political humiliation he was subjected to.
HOW MAHADI ALIYU SUFFERS IMPEACHMENT AS ZAMFARA DEP. GOVERNOR BECAUSE OF HIS REFUSAL TO DEFECT OUT OF THE PDP
It was an open fact that the ordeal of the former Deputy Governor Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau which led to his removal started when he stood his ground and refused to defect to join Governor Bello Matawalle to the APC.
He said with a clear voice during one of the press conferences he had in Gusau that no matter the molestation he will face he choses to remain in the PDP.
People like member representing Mafara/Anka Kabiru Yahaya Classique and another member representing Zurmi East Hon. Salihu Zurmi took similar decisions to stay with the former Deputy Governor in the PDP and vowed to work harder and build the party.
Mahadi was then impeached over allegation of financial misappropriation and refusal to be attending to official engagements as assigned to him by the Governor.
His co-travellers like Hon. Saleh Zurmi were made to embark on a political asylum at an undisclosed hotels outside Zamfara even as they claimed that their lives were under serious threat.
Mahadi and these two other lawmakers were the last pillars standing when Dauda Lawal and some few others came all the way from the APC and since their coming the narrative begin to change as regards to the PDP movement in Zamfara.
THE GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRATION OF MAHADI AND HOW HE STEPS DOWN FOR DAUDA LAWAL
It was not clear whether there was monetary agreement between Dauda Lawal and Mahadi Aliyu Gusau after the duo bought their nomination forms to contest for the post of Governorship of Zamfara under the platforms of the PDP.
Dauda Lawal, Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau, Hon. Abubakar Nakwada, Malam Wadatau Madawaki, Hafiz Nahuche and Engr. Ibrahim Shehu had purchased their nomination forms to contest for Zamfara Governorship seat in the forthcoming 2023 election.
Mid way into the journey Mahadi Aliyu announced his withdrawal for Dauda Lawal Dare and urged his supporters to support Dauda Lawal.
Many of Mahadi’s supporters, especially those in the old PDP were not happy with the withdrawal of the former Deputy Governor from the governorship race as they believed he has a better chance of winning the ticket at the level of party primaries.
But some unverified sources said Dauda Lawal mounted pressure for Mahadi to step down for him through the powers that be because he was seeing Mahadi as a bigger threat for his political ambition of contesting for Governorship post of Zamfara under the PDP.
THINGS FALLING APART AFTER WINNING THE PRIMARIES
Observers of political development in Zamfara believe that since when Dauda Lawal worn the party ticket, he has decided to age Mahadi Aliyu out of the political scene of the Zamfara PDP.
His supporters were also abandoned to their fates as the PDP Gubernatorial candidate proceed to engage different other individuals who really do not understand the working of the Zamfara PDP.
Mahadi Aliyu has never been engaged in anything that has to do with the PDP in Zamfara and neither himself nor his supporters are included in any of the campaign committees.
A supporter of Mahadi Aliyu from Gusau who craved for anonymity explained that, if not because Mahadi Aliyu had asked them to remain in the PDP no matter the marginalization they would have since left for alternative party.
“We have complained to Barr. Mahadi that the governorship candidate Dauda Lawal has no regard for his personality as someone who has done much to save the party neither we the supporters nor Mahadi himself is considered relevant in the PDP and it’s high time we leave for another alternative party, but he insisted that we should endure and remain in the party” a source added.
“Barr. Mahadi is not a member of any committee in the Zamfara PDP Gubernatorial campaign Council, the same thing with his supporters. We are being aged out of the PDP by the desperate political defectors who have a mission to destroy our party by all cost”, the source added.
Stakeholders in the Zamfara PDP are not also doing anything to get these crisis of political marginalization of Mahadi Aliyu redressed so that psychological balance of the party ownership can be created.
MAHADI TACTICALLY REFUSES TO CANVASS SUPPORT FOR DAUDA AT THE PRESIDENTIAL RALLY IN ZAMFARA ON MONDAY
Observers of political development within the PDP wondered how Barr. Mahadi Aliyu tactically refused to canvass support for the PDP Gubernatorial candidate Dauda Lawal when he was addressing the crowd of party supporters in Gusau on Monday.
He was displayed on the podium asking for the PDP supporters to vote massively for the PDP Presidential candidate during the campaign rally held in Gusau on Monday.
His action according to one of his supporters, Mal. Bala Adamu Gusau is simply to show to the PDP Gubernatorial candidate and his co-travelers that Zamfara PDP cannot make progress without Mahadi Aliyu.
He added “if Mahadi is not considered important we will prove to them that Mahadi is important politically”.
HOW OTHER SUPPORTERS OF MAHADI ALIYU GUSAU FACES INTIMIDATION
People like Shatiman Rijiya who was formally the Secretary of the party faced serious intimidation as he was accused of not refusing to compromise his loyalty for Mahadi Aliyu Gusau.
He was intimidated to the extent that he has to lose his position as Secretary of the party after he was allegedly suspended over allegation of anti-party, and working against the success of the PDP.
Col. Bala Mande (rtd) was also subjected to similar intimidation as he has to be forced to resign his position as Chairman of the party in the state.
Before now, it was something in the open that Bala Mande and Shatiman Rijiya are solidly behind Mahadi Aliyu Gusau not Dauda Lawal.
TENDENCY OF MAHADI SUPPORTERS GOING FOR ANTI-PARTY IN THE FORTH COMING 2023 ELECTION
A supporter of the Mahadi Aliyu Gusau Nasiru Garba Tsafe said, if the PDP Zamfara led by Dauda Lawal refused to consult Mahadi and carried him along in the political decision of the party, majority of them will have to go for anti-party.
“We must go to anti-party to teach them lessons because our isolation in PDP is a clear betrayal of our effort of saving the party from monumental embarrassment”.
He also emphasized that Mahadi has never instructed us to do anti-party, but we have no option than to go for anti-party if the situation has not changed.