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By Yusuf Idris Gusau

I always wonder how cowards are given the responsibility of defending an Issue, if l have a master, a leader or an Issue on which public glare is focused, l believe l will always be ready, bold and committed to such cause without hiding my face or identity such as one faceless writer did in order to defend the disgrace his pay master, Dauda Lawal Dare faced having been summarily been withdrawn from the list of recipients of the 2022 National Merit Award.

If Dauda’s name hitherto claimed to be without blemish and was suddenly erased without explanation, then it goes to say a lot of negativities on the person and personality of this PDP Zamfara governorship candidate.

The writer who made efforts to urge us to concentrate on our political campaigns forgot that the embarrassment his boss caused has unforgivingly affected us as citizens of Zamfara and he should rather thought of writing an apology than the inappropriate defense.

They keep saying Dauda is on a business trip from one country to another trying to bring succour to the people of Zamfara but we are yet to see any of such outcomes, may be the deception will never end.

For the faceless writer to claim that Dauda’s name was removed because of politics rivalry, then how can he explain the same national award given to PDP vice presidential candidate, Okowa, or the one at the federal level won’t and can’t be a threat if doing so is a threat to the APC presidential candidate?

The writter is a bonehead, needs to be educated and told that Zamfara citizens deserve the truth of the matter that his pay master was removed because of corruption or his role in money laudanring case through the former Minister of Petroleum Resources Dieziani Alison Madueke with the case most likely hanging.

The faceless writer should know that APC in Zamfara State and our Governorship candidate, Governor Bello Mohammed are no match to the PDP in terms of supporters and the quality of candidate in all ramifications ranging from Experience, truthfulness to political exposures within and outside Zamfara State.

The name of Governor Matawalle is a popular name in Nigerian politics since 1995 when he ran for the National House of Representatives position under the then UNCP and won which I believe by then, the PDP candidate was perhaps just a green horn in his commercial banking career.

It is on record that Matawalle is more experienced, qualified and ahead of Dauda Lawal, Matawalle started as a classroom Teacher going through various Schools within Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States and later transferred his service to the Federal Ministry of water resources till 1995 when he voluntary resigned and joined active politics during which time Mr. Dare was still trying to find his feet, while I am not sure if he also resigned voluntary or was sacked, l hope you will answer this in the general domain for public clarification.

Coming to politics, Matawalle is among the recognised national politicians who stood elections and for many times, his brief on his political timeline includes, being a Commissioner in over seven ministries in Zamfara State and three times member of the House of Representatives, representing Bakura/Maradu, and he chaired very sensitive committees including that of Intelligence and National Security and currently the governor of Zamfara State.

While Dauda Lawal is just an ordinary Commercial Bank Manager who was rapidly promoted to many levels because he is married to the daughter of the then First Bank Chairman, Elder Alhaji Umar Mutallab whom I believe he Dauda) may not have been listening to in the form of advice otherwise, he could not have been behaving as such.

However it is on record that Mr Dauda Lawal Dare is not the first Executive Director of First Bank, because somebody was there before him and his successor but none of them is being invited or got arrested by any of the nation’s anti-graft agecies except him and taken to the court on daily basis for alleged money laudanring and Corruption charges which the faceless writer also accidentally proved by attaching court documents showcasing his principal’s involved

Coming to the forthcoming 2023 General elections, the so called PDP Candidate who joined the PDP three days to the party’s Primary elections without waiver and currently battling his rivals at different courts is saying he is a threat to a more formidable and organised party like APC in Zamfara state let them finish with their party crises that bedeviled it first before we join issue with them.

APC is intact in Zamfara state and the only party to beat In Shaa Allah, as for Matawalle, his name is in gold already that no Zamfara history can ever be complete without his name especially in his efforts to make Zamfara what it is today.

Idris Gusau is the Zamfara State APC Publicity Secretary

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The Senator representing Zamfara North Sahabi Alh Yau has inaugurate his 2023 campaign at Kaura Namoda local government area, the headquarters of the Senatorial zone.

The campaign inauguration was attended by hundreds of party supporters and well-wishers who joined the campaign rally with jubilation.

The Senator who expressed satisfaction with the effort he has put in place so far in delivering to his 2019 campaign promises assured that if provided the opportunity again, he will do more to consolidate from what he has done and ensure that more federal opportunities are brought to the door steps of his constituents.

He took time to make a review of his stewardship and thanked his constituents for given him the opportunity to represent them at the Nigeria’s upper chamber.

On the APC Presidential candidature, Sen. Yau in insisted that, Tinubu and Shetima Presidential candidature is the best option for Nigeria especially with the effort put in place by the Buhari led administration and why the gesture need to be sustained.

He urged people of his constituency to massively vote for Tunubu and Shatima as well as all the APC candidates across the board.

AFormer Governor Mahmuda Shinkafi, former Sen. Tijjani Yahaya and a host of other prominent personalities from the Zone attended the campaign Flag off.

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Yusuf Idris Gusau


This is no doubt the best of times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

The party and its many candidates deserve the sympathy of all for the current situation it finds itself in.

Having lost all hopes of making any impact in the forthcoming general elections, it has resorted to untoward means, behaving like a bull in a china shop, destroying anything and everything in its way.

But how can a party of PDP’s standing, which has been in power at some points for many years and its candidates behave like deranged women whose kids have suddenly gone missing?

In this moment of madness, there should be a sane member within the lot who could rein them in; a rallying figure who could calm the fraying nerves.

But when a ranking member of one of the country’s highest law making body, the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gummi’s joined the fray, it then becomes obvious that the situation is irredeemable.

The party, as it were, is doomed and at a dire point of no return.

The honourable member of the House of Representatives has swelled the number of the PDP’s attack dogs whose targets include the ruling party and the state chief executive, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

In a press statement he recently signed on behalf of “PDP candidates” titled “On critical national alert” Gummi went the “dishonourable” path by throwing decorum to the wind and lunched viral attacks on person and personality of Governor Matawalle with no iota of respect for his seat as the father of the state.

In doing so he deployed uncouth, crude and abusive language symptomatic of those low level maniacs unleashed at every opportunity as dogs of war.

But why will anyone be surprised at the action of this charlatan who forgot that his behavior could rob off on the integrity of the lower chamber he represents and taint the reputation of his colleagues in that reputable and respected institution? He is PDP member in the state after all and their stock in trade is to cause breach of peace in the state.

In the said press statement, Gummi went a rigmarole quoting the respected late social crusader, Martins Luther King and dancing around in circle.

From all his outing and vituperations, the only take away was the supposed arrest on Monday, November 28, of the party’s candidate for Zamfara central senatorial district, Alhaji Ikira Aliyu Bilbis by the police on charges of vandalism, which he claimed were trumped up.

In trying to elicit public sympathy to himself and co-travelers, he lumped the current issue with the earlier arrest of the Nigeria Union of Journalists chairman in the state but as usual, his effort failed to invoke the emotion and public outcry he had envisaged.

But let us even give him the benefit of the doubt and interrogate the issues his outing threw up. He has informed the public why Bilbis was arrested, but said the charges were “trumped up”. Really?

How did Gummi who is a lawmaker come about such a position over an issue that is before a court of law? Why is he in a hurry to clear the accused even before the court adjudicate on the matter.

The police even from Gummi’s statement did the needful by arresting Bilbis. They (police) did not hold him or keep him for long in their cell but charged him to court after their investigation.

The onus is therefore on the accused to exonerate and clear himself of the allegations.

The court even went ahead to grant him bail as Gummi testified in his statement. So why is it anybody’s fault if the accused failed to meet the bail condition? And because his associate failed to meet the stipulated condition to effect his release, Gummi is now accusing the judge and police of being tools in the hands of Matawalle in his alleged witch hunt of the opposition.

If a sitting governor is desirous in tackling an opponent who is clearly linked with a crime it would have been easy to clamp such person in police custody and claim that investigation is still ongoing as has been the case everywhere.

However, in this case, the police did not waste anytime in charging the accused to court where he is expected to defend himself. The court and its presiding judge should be commended for the expressway it granted the accused bail instead of being needlessly vilified like Gummi is doing.

His allegation that Matawalle was trying to muzzle the main opposition to whittle down their power and influence in the forthcoming elections is laughable because the PDP is not in reckoning and not a threat to APC in anyway.

He even went ahead to list those he thinks Matawalle will go after including the party’s governorship candidate, Lawal Dauda Dare. Waoo! Is this not absurd? Is Lawal Dare even in contention for the governorship race with all the court cases dangling over his head?

The so called governorship is still traumatized over his defeat at the federal high court, which nullified the primary that produced him and recently, the Appeal court.

It is fundamental to note that his ordeals were from his own very party and has nothing to do with Governor Matawalle. So it’s absurd to blame others for PDP’s misfortune and allege that anyone would hunt it’s candidates whose political future are uncertain.

And resorting to violence as a means to an end like the party and its members have been doing could only heighten the already tensed atmosphere which Matawalle has been working round-the -clock to manage.

The billboard saga wasn’t the only violent imprints the party has left on its route to 2023, a rally at its governorship candidate’s home had led to lost of Iives even as many were wounded. It’s sad that Gumi left out such important development from his statement.

As per the NUJ chairman which Gummi tried unsuccessfully to lump Bilbis case with to draw inspiration, he should have done the needful by telling the public the background of the affected person and the circumstances leading to such state of affairs to enable them appreciate and interrogate the issue based on its merit.

It’s imperative that Gummi calls a press conference or issue another statement to shedlight on the matter.

Having come from an honourable family, one would have thought Gumi will keep the legacy of the parental training we thought he received, unfortunately, even if he had such grooming as he was growing up, elements of bad politics and the fear of losing in the upcoming 2023 general elections have infuriated to throw away his sensibilities and turn disrespectful, dishonourable and regardless.

Certainly, with the overwhelming wind of mass support and mass mobilization going on in the APC, the likes of Gumi will not even be noticed when the electorate cast their votes to bring in APC at all levels in the coming elections.

As it were, rep Gummi achieved nothing by his recent desperate tactics. The PDP is doomed and irredeemable, and by 2023 the party will go into permanent extinction in Zamfara State.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State
4th November, 2022

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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