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JAJI, APC LOOKING FOR SAFE LANDING IN ZAMFARA, (Opinion Arrticle) By Yusuf Idris Gusau



Opinion Article 
By Yusuf Idris Gusau 

There is a popular Hausa adage – “tabarmar kunya…da hauka aka nadeta,” which certainly fits the current disgruntlement of the APC in Zamfara especially the words coming from its former member of House of Representatives for Birnin-Magaji/Kaura-Namoda, Aminu Sani Jaji, a sinking man who is looking for notice as his party struggles unsuccessfully to regain the confidence of Zamfara people after eight years of misgovernance that turned the state into a hub of bandits attended by killings of innocent citizens in their hundreds in single attack with unquantifiable lost of animals, vehicles and other properties.

Yes, it’s undeniable that there are pockets of criminalities in very few parts of the state where a person or two get killed in a long time divide as compared to the hundreds of the APC days and this is the remaining inherited criminal acts being addressed by the Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun’s government through dialogue which has been yielding fruitful results as kidnapped victims are being unconditionally released with arms and ammunition voluntarily surrendered by ever increasing number of repentant bandits to the envy and disappointment of the APC leaders in the state as this has inturn been making many good members of the APC and other parties to abandon their political parties for the ruling PDP in the state where they come in their thousands singing praises of Matawalle and his all encompassing style of leadership.

We agree that people have right to their opinions, but we remain appreciative to God and to the repentant bandits who share their confidence in the peace and dialogue intiative by surrendering and in order to clear the minds of the doubting thomases, the repentant bandits now take oath by swearing by the Holy Qur’an and also leaving the bushes to reside within responsible communities, yet the Jaji’s do not trust that.

This same peace and dialogue is what the APC realized as the right step to deal with difficult situations which they borrowed in order to settle their scuffles that have been decimating the party, even though it is too late.

Similarly, to say that the PDP government led by the Matawallen Maradun was brought in by the court is largely deficient in one’s holiness and belief in God and destiny. The court is only the tranlator of what God had destined in this regard and we are confident that the leadership is strongly being supported by God to have achieved what it has in less than two years that is causing ripples in the APC for failing to do same in eight years.

They should always be mindful of God’s wisdom, if APC can be formed and registered within a short period of time and yet win governorship, state and national assemblies and even the presidency, there is nothing God cannot do, so the challatants should review their fate in God and belief that He is the only Omnipower who gives and takes anything as He wishes, therefore, challenging the PDP in Zamfara as they are doing or saying it is the court only, is like doubting God, which is most unfortunate.

Since this is not a military rule where one takes power by force, we will be waiting for the APC in 2023 to see how they will not accept the power of the good people of Zamfara, they should not forget that the lesson was taught them late last year in the Bakura state House of Assembly by-election as God continues to show his wonders. After all, the political class in the state knows that APC has not been winning elections in the past, it had been nominations by one or two persons after which the nominee was imposed on the general. This has now been exposed and the party knows that even the merger and reconcilation, any attempt to maneuvre elections will be resisted begining right from the party itself.

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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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