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By Yusuf Idris Gusau

(An opinion)


It is a well known fact that the present government of Zamfara under governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle MON inherited myriads of insecurity issues against which the state government in collaboration with the federal government made positive impact in mitigating the crimes perpetrated by armed bandits which had led to loss of several lives and property and displacement of hundreds of thousands from their original places of abode.

The joint action of the governments through the selflessness of our security agencies with support from local volunteers and dynamic initiatives by governor Matawalle to break the ranks, disorganize and neutralize the criminals have however returned many of these displaced persons to their communities who were given support in form of reliefs to ameliorate the difficulties they faced to bearable state.

This in turn is now giving the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC which hitherto suspenpended its Continuous Voter Registration CVR activities in 13 out of the 14 local government areas of the state to resume in order to ensure that no eligible Zamfara citizen is denied full participation in the coming 2023 general election.

Speaking recently at a political stakeholders meeting at his office, the state’s INEC Commissioner, Prof. Sa’idu Ahmad Babura who expressed his office’s readiness to resume work at the local governments however decried that although INEC softened the registration exercise by introducing online  initiated registration which is completed through physical capture of the registrants, there are 258,931 eligible persons in the state who did the online registration but many of them are yet to complete the process which will give them their voters cards by going for the physical capture.

Similarly, the INEC head in Zamfara said persons with disability only have 14 of their members captured on the resumed CVR and this is in addition to the third major problem of about 45,000 uncollected voters cards lying in INEC offices across the state.

This information became a serious source of worry for the All Progressives Congress APC in the state which was represented at the stakeholders meeting by Secretary of the Party, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar Dangaladima, Publicity Secretary, Yusuf Idris Gusau and Assistant Welfare Secretary, Alhaji Shehu J Mohammed

While commending the effort of the federal and state governments as well as the security for the gradual return of peace in the state coupled with the bold steps being taken by INEC to resume CVR in all the 14 LGAs, the APC informed the meeting of the APC’s push on all eligible citizens in the state to ensure that their PVCs are in their possession before the commencement of the elections as the only way to ensure the emergence of good leaders who will continue to provide dividends of democracy to them.

The call by the APC on eligible voters to get their PVCs has been roundly responded to by many APC volunteer groups in the state with large number of women involvement some of whom have taken the challange upon themselves to go from house-to-house sensitizing citizens on the importance of having the PVC and how to use it wisely when the polls finally come.

It is therefore instructive to note that the Matawalle-led administration in Zamfara has done its part to establish an enabling environment to its citizens to have the freedom and the zeal to come together and do what is right as the nation moves towards yet another election season under a successive democratic setting.

With the special prayers being offered regularly by all well meaning citizens of the state which is now yieldeding positive result, the APC expressed confidence that the state will reclaim its status of being most peaceful and fast growing in the state.

We specially salute our gallant security agencies who make sacrifice their lives in the defence of the country with the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the constant patriotic efforts of Governor Matawalle.

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Zamfara state police command Ayuba Elkana has held an interfaith peace dialogue with the members of various religious groups across the state.

According to the Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad the dialogue became a priority after the recent Sokoto blasphemous incident which resulted in the killing of Deborah Samuel a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

In a remark during the meeting the state police commissioner Ayuba Elkana according to Shehu express appreciation to the religious leaders for working harder to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order I’m the state as a result of the Sokoto incident.

Shehu further said, the CP encouraged them to continue to preach for peace and religious tolerance among their followers and also called on the parents and guardians to monitor their wards, especially their activities on the social media on the daily basis.

While assuring the leaders of the readiness of the police to always ensure security of lives and properties of the citizens, Shehu said he always warned them to desist from taking laws into their hands and urged them to intimate the security agencies for action.

Leaders of the various religious organizations thanked the CP for organizing the interface and assured him of their support and cooperation at all time.

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A pro-Governor Matawalle social media organization (Matawalle Media Crew) has organized a one-day interaction on how to use the social media platforms to raise more support for the Governor and his government.

The event took place at the conference hall of Jaiz Hotel Gusau and was well attended by hundreds of social media handlers from across the (14) local government areas of the state.

Some guest speakers at the event including Dr. Mikailu Barau, Dr. Aminu Lawal Tsafe and Dr. Anas Sani Anka expressed the need for the members of Matawalle social media crew to explore creativity, critical thinking, skill for effective communication as well as collaboration in the course of theirpractice.

They have also urged them to use their various social media platforms to influence the government in taking critical decisions that are good for the people, especially issue of WAEC/NECO.

They also warned the members not to be using social media to be creating hostility for the oppositions, noting that the recent reconciliation between former Governor Yari and Matawalle camp is good enough for all social media handlers in Zamfara to learn some lessons.

The Executive Secretary of ZAMCHEMA Dr. Abdulkadir Shinkafi stated that many of them who belongs to the category of youths within the government structure of Bello Matawalle are doing their best to continue to support initiative like that of Matawalle media crew with a view to promoting the government.

The Secretary of the crew Rufai (UB) explained that the motive behind organizing the interaction is to avail members of the crew the opportunity to get themselves more equipped with ideas and wisdom from the spokespersons considering their in-depth knowledge and years of experience.

Certificates of participation were issued to those that participated in the interactions and also goodwill messages were passed to the members and organizers of the event by some politicians and well wishers.

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Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has held its mini congresses for the election of local government, state and national delegates.

According to the statement by the party spokesperson in Zamfara Malam Yusuf Idris Gusau, the delegates that will emerge will take part in the Party’s primaries for the seats of the President, Governor, state and national assembly.

The delegates’ congress which took place at Aisha Memorial Conference, Hall, Maradun was attended by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, members of the National Committee of the party, INEC officials and security agencies under a peaceful atmosphere.

Idris further said the exercise held simultaneously in all the 14 local government areas of the state after the flagg-off in Maradun, the country home of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

During the event, governor Matawalle stressed the need for peaceful coexistence, which he noted is responsible for the growth of the APC in the state.

He thanked the people of Zamfara for their support and prayers in ensuring the success of his administration, urging them to continue to support the APC and its candidates at all levels and assured that more dividends of democracy will continue to come their way.

In his welcome address, the state APC Chairman, Hon. Tukur Umar Danfulani expressed satisfaction and happiness especially with the unification of the party in the state.

He pledged to always carry all members along with fairness and justice as his guiding principles.

The chairman thanked all the stakeholders, especially the state’s party leader governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle and the national leadership of the party for bringing together all leaders of the party as one big family and expressed confidence in the ability of the unity to sustain the chances of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.

In his remarks, Chairman and team leader of the Screening Committee deployed to Zamfara by the APC National Secretariat, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said his team is overwhelmed by the support the APC is receiving in Zamfara.

He described the coming together of former governor Yari, former Senator Marafa and governor Matawalle as the best thing that happened to the APC at both the state and national levels in recent times, urging the stakeholders to consolidate on the feat.

The Committee Chairman, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said all the 103 delegates from Maradun local government were elected on consensus by the APC Constitution.

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