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Anas Sani Anka


It was a beautiful political get-together by thousands of APC supporters at Kaura Namoda of Zamfara state as they congregated to witness the inauguration of the reelection bid of Governor Bello Matawalle.

APC supporters in their thousands stormed the Kaura Namoda-Gusau highway with joy and admiration to greet the Governor and celebrate with him, as he moved to meet other stakeholders for the campaign rally.

Former Governor Ahmad Sani Yarima, Abdulaziz Yari, Mahamuda Aliyu Shinkafi as well as serving and former Senators, House of Reps and Ministers joined him to Mount the podium.

The less than an hour journey took the Governor more than five hours, as his convoy was greeted with joy and admiration from one point to another.

One interesting aspect of the Kaura Namoda campaign rally which took place at the stadium on Tuesday was the manner at which all the former civilian Governors assembled on the podium to raise the flag of APC as a “symbol of hope” as the voice of the populace stood behind the candidature of Bello Matawalle and all the nominated APC candidates.

Governor Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura opened the floor by commending Governor Bello Matawalle for championing the course of political reconciliation from among the APC political power brokers in the state.

He went extreme to declare those who refused to accept the APC political reconciliation as those who have gone “astray politically”.

Yari, on the other hand, expressed optimism that with the coming together of who is who in Zamfara politics under the APC umbrella, all is set to teach those who refused to accept the political reconciliation the bitter lessons of their lives.

He debunked the rumor mongered in some quarters that some people are bent on selecting some out of the APC candidates, noting that his message for all the APC supporters in Zamfara state is to vote for all the party candidates across the divides.

He assured that by given Matawalle the second chance, he will surely do more to improve the lives of the people of Zamfara and consolidate from the existing democratic gains already put in place.

Senator Saidu Dansadau took time to provide details of what religion of Islam said about reconciliation and urged the people of Zamfara to reflect on the impacts of the political reconciliation already felt and continue to support the initiative for the better.

Former Governor Mahmuda took time to remind Zamfara people the effort made by the APC government headed by Governor Matawalle to provide adequate infrastructural development despite serious economic crises hitting the state.

He described as significant the construction and upgrade of the state government house Gusau, provision of local government lodges as well as other infrastructures needed for the state transformation.

Former Governor Mahmuda also reminded the state citizens of the impacts of the human empowerment scheme initiated by the Matawalle administration, pointing that if given the second chance the government will expand the scope of the intervention by empowering more.

Governor Bello Matawalle who was looking visibly happy expressed gratitude to all those that attended the campaign Flagg off and assured them that his administration will continue to do its best to deliver on the campaign promises and expectations of the citizens.

He pointed that his second coming as the Governor of Zamfara will accord priority to human empowerment, job creation and also provision of critical infrastructures.

Matawalle assured that the relative peace already enjoyed by the people emanating from the ongoing political reconciliation will continue to be sustained for the benefit of Zamfara people.

At the end of the speeches, all the APC candidates from the Zone were formally introduced to the thousands of APC supporters by the state party Chairman Tukur Umar Danfulani and the Chairman of the Gubernatorial campaign Council former Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar.

The campaign team also paid visitation to some prominent Islamic clerics and Emir of Kaura Namoda for them to bless the political journey

The campaign train moves to Bakura for the flagging off of the Gubernatorial campaign in Zamfara West.

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The Zamfara state Governorship election petition tribunal is to hold its inaugural sitting in Sokoto on Friday the 29th of June 2023.

This is contained in a letter of invitation signed by the Secretary to the tribunal Salihu Umar Esq.

Former Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle had through his counsel Usman O. Sule dragged Dauda Lawal, INEC and PDP to the tribunal challenging the declaration of Dauda Lawal as the elected Governor of Zamfara State.

Matawalle us challenging the non admissibility of the election result collated from Maradun by the state returning officer, non conduct of election in the four remaining Registration Areas of Birnin Magaji LG. as well as over voting in several poling units across the state.

He is praying for the tribunal to declare him winner of the 2023 gubernatorial poll having scoring over (98,000) votes in Maradun as against over (20,000) recorded as the score for his party.

Mr. Usman Sule (SAN) is to lead six other Senior Advocates of Nigeria, inclusive of Prof. Maiyaki in defending the petition filed by Governor Bello Matawalle.




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Zamfara state government, through one of its spokesmans Mustapha Jafar Kaura has declared that the administration of Dauda Lawal will not enter into reconciliation with the armed bandits

Jafar who stated this via interview with the BBC Hausa insisted that Governor Dauda Lawal is saddened by the recent armed bandit tragedy that befallen the people of Janbako and Gora Namaye in Maradun local government area of the state.

He said apart from a message of condolences, the Governor had asked the security agencies to take the most decisive measures of address the deadly situation.

It could be recalled that on Saturday morning some armed bandits laid ambush on some members of a vigilante group and killed over twenty of them while they were on their way to offer reinforcement to the people of Sikkida community who were under attack by the bandits.

They also abducted over (30) women from Janbako community in the same Maradun local government council area.

Ten of the women escaped from captivity and while the police are insisting that they championed their rescue the locals said, the abductees freed themselves without the help of police or any security outfits.


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Suspected bandits in their large number had launched deadly attacks on the people of Raka and Filin Gawa community of Tangaza local government area of Sokoto State.

The attack which resulted in the killing of over thirty persons left scores of others with critical injuries.

Apart from the number of those killed, four houses and some vehicles were also set ablaze by the bandits.

A source said, the bandits had been putting pressure on the locals to pay money in terms of fine before they were allowed to go to their farms.

“People of Tangaza and neighboring villages had been paying money to these bandits and to an extent that some communities such as Azam had to fled their homes because they had no money to pay to these bandits, and they had been putting pressure on them through constant threat of attacks and invasions.

Three months back they had invaded a village under Gwadabawa and rustled over (1,000) assorted livestock.

The source added that many communities had been under the rule of the armed bandits for sometimes now because the government could not do anything to save the people in the hand of these bandits.

The Sokoto State police Spokesperson ASP Ahmad Rufai has confirmed the incident via an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Monday morning.

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