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A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Patriots for the Advancement Of Peace and Social Development (PAPSD) has cautioned the Leadership Of the  All Progressives Congress(APC) under Mai Mala Buni to desist from playing politics with the security and lives of Nigerians.

Reacting to the statement credited to the APC National Publicity Secretary Yekini Nabena who had urged security agencies to investigate an intelligence report linking an unnamed governor to the increasing wave of banditry, abductions and other violent crimes in the zone, But reacting to the statement Chairman Of PAPs Dr Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi cautioned the Bunu led leadership of the APC to stop playing politics with the lives and properties of Nigerians noting that “Mai Malam Bunu should stop chasing shadows and face the reality.

“It is still fresh in our memory that it was during the mal-administration of former Governor Abdulazeez Yari that armed banditry, cattle rustling, kidnappers and armed robbers held Zamfara State hostage, the Fourteen local government areas and one hundred and forty seven electoral wards were under siege of the armed bandits.

Shinkafi pointed out that “more than one hundred and sixty seven communities and villages were set ablaze by armed bandits without provocation and the villagers rendered  homeless and no single Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp was established by the Federal Government or the Yari led state government. No single relief material was given to the displaced villagers.

“Most of the major markets in Zamfara State were grounded, all the farm lands were deserted by farmers for fear of being kidnapped by the bandits. There were series of attacks on daily basis and people were massacred and women raped. There was a conspiracy of silence by the APC led federal government and the Yari led administration in Zamfara State” he added.

Shinkafi stated that “more than 500,000 livestock was rustled, 6319 people were killed, 3672 persons were kidnapped and over N2.8billion was paid as ransom. Over 6000 women were made widows and 25,000 children orphaned. If Nabena and the APC are trying to apportion blames to the Governors in the North West as being responsible for the increase in insurgency, then who is responsible for Boko Haram in the North East which is responsible for the kidnapping of innocent people on the Kaduna/Abuja high way. They should stop playing politics with the security of lives and property of Nigerians.

As the Acting National Chairman Of APC when the Chibok girls in Borno  and Dapchi girls  in Yobe State were abducted which Boko Haram claimed to solely responsible their kidnapping all happened in APC controlled  States, he was National Secretary of the APC before his emergence as the Governor Of Yobe State and now the Acting National Chairman Of the party Buni for one day never went to Zamfara State to sympathize with them over the killings in the state”he added.

Shinkafi pointed out that “when the Kankara school boys were kidnapped instead of sympathizing with the parents the party chose to mislead the public by alleging that some Governors Of the North West are responsible for the escalation in armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and armed robbery. Because of the corrupt and careless leadership of Abdulazeez Yari in Zamfara State these vices escalated. It is on record that he is the first Governor to abdicate his responsibility as the Chief Law Officer Of a state as conferred on him by the Constitution but monthly he was taking over N500 million as security votes.

“He was busy junketing around the world while the social, economic and commercial activities in Zamfara state was grounded” he added.

Shinkafi challenged the APC to name the Governor behind banditry in the Northwestern region of Nigeria adding”just recently over 100 youths stormed the Arewa House venue of the security meeting convened by the leadership of the North and disrupted the meeting we would want to know which Governor sent them.

Shinkafi challenged Nabena to name the governor he is alluding to as the sponsor of banditry and sundry crimes in the North-West and provide evidence that he [the governor] is involved in all of that which he alleged.
“Otherwise, the security agencies in the country should invite Mr Nabena to provide evidence of his allegation, assist them in investigating the matter and make sure that justice is done,” he maintained.

He advised all well-meaning Nigerians and political stakeholders to consider human lives first instead of playing to the gallery.
According to him, the framers of the Constitution knew why they bestowed much powers, although significantly flawed, in the President to checkmate issues such as those raised by Mr Nabena.

He stated that “playing blame games is not a panacea to the security problem at hand. None of us should play politics with security matters. We should also not play politics with the lives of those we swore to protect. Instead, all hands must be on deck to ensure the collective security of the North and the country in general,” he remarked.

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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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