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NOW THAT BARR. MAHADI ALIYU GUSAU IS IMPEACHED!!!

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(FRIDAY EDITORIAL)

May I begin this analysis by saying, though the emergence of Mahadi Aliyu as the state Deputy Governor and by extension PDP to the seat of power after the 2019 election is least anticipated, many had anticipated that, the resistance of Mahadi Aliyu to defect together with the Governor to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) may likely cause crises of confidence between the duo.

When Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma started the move to get the Deputy Governor impeached in July last year, many of us are of the opinion that he is acting on a prepared script may be because the Deputy Governor has refused to defect or because starting the move may likely influence the Deputy Governor to change his decision.

But to say the least, it is an open fact that, since June last year when the Governor defected to the APC governance in Zamfara has indeed suffered and the Governor no doubt needed a reliable and capable aide who shall stand in for him, especially in his quest to getting himself stabilize amidst the national crises of the APC.

But when Mahadi went to court to secure an order experte challenging the move by the state parliament to impeach him in July last year, we thought the matter is laid to rest considering the fact that many Deputy Governors who refused to defect with their principals had successfully ended their tenure especially those who had filed a case to seek for court protection like the former Deputy Governor of Ondo State.

After Mahadi secured an order experte in July 2021 instead of him to continue to follow through the legal rudiments to secure himself protection against the political hammer of the state parliaments he, however, became relaxed thinking all is going to end well but the Governor and his political architects took him unaware and initiated a second move this time around with surprising political sharp bends which he found very difficult to manipulate.

As a lawyer for instance, he knew very well that the life span of an ‘’ORDER EXPERTE’’ cannot last beyond (14) days and I expected him and his legal team to take notice of the fact that, if the motion on notice has not been moved 2 weeks after the order experte was issued the court protection has been lifted up by implications.

Now the legal questions that may be the lawyers may answer based on their legal opinions is whether the PDP case currently before the Abuja Federal High Court may suffice looking at the fact that same matter challenging the defection of the Governor was determined by Justice Bappa of the Federal High Court Gusau. and the learned judge took the position of the Supreme Court that the defection of an elected civilian Governor may not in any way resulted to losing a gubernatorial seat.

My fear is what happened if the outcome of the other court case in Abuja which they solidly relied on now came with the same pattern of the interpretation by Justice Aminu Bappa?, this is a timely question may be for the PDP.

The basis of the new ‘’ORDER’’ claimed to have been secured on Monday from the Abuja High Court by the PDP is still in doubt. The Principal Personal Secretary to the former Deputy Governor Aminu Umar said ‘’the Abuja court has directed the Governor, Speaker and State Chief Judge not to take any step that may resulted in causing chaos and breakdown of law and order’’. But the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Junaidu Aminu debunked such claim saying, he was in court and such an order has not been issued, instead ‘’the judge offered an advice which must not be taken’’.

I am also not in doubt that looking at the profile of the Chairman of the panel of the seven that found the Deputy Governor guilty of the charges labelled against him retired Justice Soba and indeed the Senior Advocates of Nigeria that are in the panel may not likely act if there is a valid order as claimed by the PDP. Again, the State Chief Judge must not act against a court order by constituting a panel to investigate the charges instituted against the former Deputy Governor if she knew fully that such an order or valid and alive. I don’t think she can risk her professional carrier to please political power brokers.

Now all these are the political dimensions of the whole scenario,, but the most important part of the whole drama is the conduct of the panel of investigation which took place on Monday and Tuesday. In my opinion, the revelation coming from the Monday sitting to be precise really calls for the Governor to seat up very stronger because things are not working well in most of the government ministries and agencies.

I cannot believe someone who is promoted to the rank of Permanent Secretary in the state service may act in such a manner that calls for embarrassment of the state. The former permanent secretary in the office of the Deputy Governor Mainsara Bakura told the panel that since his resumption as Permanent Secretary in the office of the Deputy Governor in November 2020, he has only seen Barr. Mahadi on the screen of the television attending party activities somewhere out of Zamfara state.

When asked how he has been securing approvals of the Deputy Governor to be spending money allocated to their office he said when he came in as Permanent Secretary in November 2020 he met a VERBAL STANDING ORDER’’ that he shall be signing three cheques of (N30M) to one Umar Aminu the Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor and Lawali Adamu who is the cashier to the Deputy Governor’s office.

Ask how the money sent to the PPS is spent Bakura said as Permanent Secretary he cannot account for that and surprisingly, his Director of Finance one Mai Kano Yanruwa affirmed that the two cheques of (N10M) each issued to the PPS no one in that office can explain the purpose the money was meant for.

Now, the question is: How on earth would you be releasing cheques running into millions of naira to someone on ‘’VERBAL INSTRUCTION’’? Does it make any sense? And where is accountability??

I think the Head of Civil Service of the state and indeed the Accountant General need to seat up and canvass for adequate release of funds to embark on rigorous training of the state civil servants. Because certainly the human resource that Governor Matawalle relied on are no doubt incapacitated going by the narrations during the panel seating.

I think the Governor should take it serious with the Accountant General concerning the end of the year financial statement because that will be the basis of how the Governor should understand the way the money he is releasing are being spent by the MDA’s. For me, the annual financial statement produced by the state Ministry of Finance is lacking in credibility, looking at the scenario that characterized the revelations at the panel of inquiry on Monday.

As for the new Deputy Governor, the experiences of how Barr. Mahadi handled the affairs of the office of the state Deputy Governor will surely serve as a head-light for him to do the appropriate thing.

May Allah change things for the better in Zamfara state.

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HOW CP YUSUF KOLO IS CHANGING THE SECURITY  NARRATIVE IN ZAMFARA STATE

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It has become clearly imperative for this medium to blow the trumpet for the newly deployed Commissioner of Police Mr. Yusuf Kolo who since his deployment has helped change the security narrative about the genuine fight against armed banditry in the state.

 

The deployment of this experienced Police officer has no doubt assisted greatly in improving the security situation of Zamfara state especially the stellar measures he adopted which are increasing social and economic stability in the state.

Reading about his CV and the career he has built in the service of the Nigeria Police Force, it has no doubt raised the hope of the people because for sometimes now Zamfara people had been agitating for deployment of capable Police officer who is vast in terms of security management and fighting insecurity.

 

For sometimes now, Thunder Blowers had carefully observed that, there is effective patrol and surviellance along the major highways in Zamfara State From Gada-Biyu Round about to Bimasa the Zamfara border town with Sokoto, one may clearly understand that this fine Police officer and gentleman Mr. Yusuf Kolo is ready to deliver his best to the restoration of security architecture  in Zamfara state.

This strategy is also effective at the Gusau-Kaura-Namoda and  Gusau-Gurbin Bore border with Katsina and Gusau-Tsafe-Yankara highways respectively. Within the capital city of Gusau again, there are various check-points mounted within all the strategic positions of Gusau and criminality has really reduced to the barest minimum.

 

It is evident that, there is serious stop-and-search operations in all the strategic locations in the state. and the recent arrest of some miscreants involved in various criminal activities is a clear indicator that, things are getting better with the new Police Commissioner’s arrival.

 

It is on record that, since his  assumption in office there has never been a major armed banditry attack in Zamfara except that of Zugu which took place at the bridge of his taking-over of the mantle of leadership of the State Police Command.

His tour of the divisions and formations across the state and his interaction with the officers on Duty Posts has really risen the hope of the people of the state. More importantly, the visitation to the traditional institutions and his engagement with them which had surely manifested in his recent achievements recorded.

 

We were keenly apt at the manner at which the Police Commissioner is personally moving round the streets of Gusau at the dark of the night to monitor the conduct of the operations of his men. His pictures are all over the social media moving with the other galant police officers working with full force to ensure that people slept with their two  eyes closed.

Residents of  areas of Gusau and outskirts including Damba, Tsunami, Mareri and  the rest are all grateful to this visionary tactical Police officer Mr. Yusuf Kolo for his commitment to ensuring that their hearts are at rest. For instance,from Lalan  to Damba,the level of Police enforcement along that area in the night is adding to the relative stability of the people.

 

What inspired people more is the manner at which the Police Commissioner Mr. Yusuf Kolo has effectively but tactically engaged the Nigerian Bar Association to develop strategies on how to jointly speed up the administration of criminal justice system in the state.

Our prayer is for the Police Commissioner to passionately sustain the momentum and continue to work hand in hand with the critical stakeholders to double this commitment, It is indeed wonderful and promising if the momentum is sustained.

 

Our conclusion on the steawardship of Police commissioner Mr. Yusuf Kolo is that his achievements speak volumes that he is matching his  academic credentials, his experience with these practical achievements.

 

We at Thunder Blower wish  you all the best as your partners in the fight against crime and insecurity in Zamfara  State.

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ONLY GENUINE MECHANISM OF RECONCILIATION CAN ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF APC IN ZAMFARA

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By virtue of the reconciliation we are all part of Governor Bello Matawalle family and he needs to treat all of us with justice and fairness. It is only justice and fairness that can guarantee solidarity and peaceful political atmosphere.
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Hon. Abubakar Yanware is a die-hard supporter of the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar and a strong stakeholder in the ruling All Progressives Congress APC in Zamfara state.

He was among the APC aspirants that contested for the State Assembly post from Tsafe and wanted to contest the APC Primaries for 2023 elections with the current Deputy Speaker of Zamfara Hon. Musa Bawa Tsafe before the APC reconciliation dashed away the hope of  people like him.

He shared his perspectives with the Managing Editor regarding the political reconciliation in the Zamfara APC and raise his concern on matters arising and also shared his perspectives on what is to be done to ensure that the party remains strong and united.

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WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE ON-GOING RECONCILIATION IN ZAMFARA APC?

Well, people have their own ways of assessing a political situation or rather have their different ways of reacting to a situations especially when issues involved politics and political developments but for me, there are more to see than one can understand about the Zamfara APC reconciliation.

The leaders namely former Governor Yari, Governor Matawalle and Sen. Kabiru Marafa may be entering into the peace deal with all sense of sincerity because they may want to bring an end to the lingering crises in the APC, but that may not be a true reflection of the mindset of their supporters.

And remember, they have a limit to which they can influence the same spirit into the minds of their supporters because decision-making in politics goes with the perception of the game players here I mean the party supporters.

So, the leaders of the APC in Zamfara, especially Governor Matawalle and former Governor Yari need to take time and make review of the progress recorded from the reconciliation and begin to reach out to their genuine supporters.

I will say this with clear voice our supporters from the site of Yari the former Governor still have reservations with this reconciliation arrangement within Zamfara APC and something very urgent needs to be done to save the party from collapsing.

FROM YOUR PERCEPTION, IT SEEMS MANY PEOPLE WITHIN THE APC ESPECIALLY FROM THE CAMP OF YARI AND MARAFA HAVE NOT ACCEPTED THE RECONCILIATION?

This is the reality of the situation many people have reservation about this Zamfara APC reconciliation and our leaders need to accept this as the true reflection of what is on the ground and begin to reach out to their supporters.

I am not part of those objecting to the reconciliation and all my supporters are with the reconciliation move hundred percent because I make sure that the moment the political reconciliation was perfected by our leaders I came back home and put my house in order by appealing to my supporters to forget the differences and join hand with the former Governor Yari in the new move.

But I am telling you, many of my political status across the (14) local governments especially those from the camp of former Governor Yari can not convince their supporters to accept the peace initiative entered into by our leaders and this shall be seen as a big problem because you cannot be relying on uncertain political structure to win election.

The feedback we are receiving from the communities is that people cannot be forced to continue to accept decision in the APC without them being properly consulted and this is the exact problem with the current arrangements entered into by our leaders, and for me, their resistance is a concern that need to be addressed with all sense of urgency.

BUT ARE YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS ESPECIALLY FORMER GOVERNOR YARI AWARE Of THIS DEVELOPMENTS?

I am sure he must be aware because he has ears to the ground and I believed from the exit of strong party men like Maibuhu Gummi and rest the former Governor must understand that all is not well with the reconciliation move within his camp.

The Governor, on the other hand, must understand that Yari is facing resistance from his supporters because steps that are supposed to be taken to ensure justice and fairness to all party members were not instituted.

Former Governor Yari may not speak this out for some strategic reasons but as wings to the politics of Yari we have to say this with all sense of modesty that politicians from Yari camp need to be accommodated so that their supporters can feel a sense of belonging politically.

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU WANT GOV. YARI TO DO IN MANAGING THIS TYPE OF SITUATION.

I think the former Governor has done his best because since when the political reconciliation started he has been taking steps to ensure that his supporters are contacted, and I know how active he has been working to ensure that sanity is restored within his camp.

I believe it is not enough because time is not on our site and campaign will soon start and there is strong need to reach out to the people because the resistance is really telling bad of our political chances.

Recently, we have lost many people to PDP, and it is not to our best interest politically and all these are happening because there are no extended consultations with the members of the party at the grassroots.

If it means the former Governor should form a committee of consultation, so be it because it is important we get this problem addressed before the main campaign started.

WHAT DO YOU THINK, GOV. MATAWALLE SHOULD HAVE DONE TO SUPPORT YARI CAMP WHO ARE MOST AGGRIEVED IN THIS ARRANGEMENT?

The Governor needs to open his government and accommodate those serious hands from the camp of Yari so that they can have a sense of belonging politically.

By virtue of the reconciliation we are all part of his family members and he needs to treat all of us with justice and fairness and it is only justice and fairness that can guarantee solidarity and peaceful political atmosphere.

We knew the Governor may be facing similar challenges from his camp also, but that is the spirit of political reconciliation because the arrangements shall be “no-winner-no loser”.

Yari camp shall be given posts of Commissioners, Special Advisers and Council Sole Administrators that is justice and if this is done many concerns coming from supporters that have made sacrifices for Yari can be addressed.

Many of my readers would be looking at my position to be too primitive, but that is the only way out. If you go to my local government Tsafe, there are many powerful political forces from Yari and even Marafa camps that are abandoned to their fate, and you think this is healthy democratically?

At least certain percentage of appointments need to be sacrificed to Yari camp so that he can be able to step into the heart of his people, but for now, the Governor had to understand that there is no magic Yari can do to bring stability into his political camp than getting his supporters accommodated.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CHANCES OF THE APC CANDIDATES IN THE FORTH-COMING 2023 ELECTION IN ZAMFARA?

My answer to this question may not be different from my earlier position. Let the APC leaders in Zamfara- the Governor, former Governor Yari and rest put in genuine mechanism of reconciliation and be just and fair to their followers. Anything short of this no one can predict the end result of the APC political journey in 2023.

I am saying this because I know the kind of reaction that is coming from the people, and it is only justice that can help resolve the current state of uncertainty in the APC of Zamfara.

We know there are many candidates that are more popular in their respective constituencies, but the reconciliation had dashed their hope and political chances and these candidates are left without any arrangements.

You know this is a fact that those who had the opportunity to secure the ticket were only considered for some strategic reasons of reconciliation, not because they are better than the rest in terms of their political popularity.

YOU CONTESTED FOR THE POST OF STATE ASSEMBLY BEFORE THE RECONCILIATION EDGED YOU OUT OF THE ARITHEMETICS WERE YOU CONSULTED BY THE PARTY ORTHE CANDIDATE WHO HAPPENED TO BE DEPUTY SPEAKER?

Neither the party nor the candidate reached out to me since after the party primaries and it was the same thing with all the other aspirants that were aged out as a result of the political reconciliation.

What I expected the party to do was to set up a genuine reconciliation mechanisms that will make people like us who invested in the development of the party have a sense of belonging.

The implications of what is happening within the APC Zamfara is that people like us will be made to move aside and be watching things as they unfold, since the party does not consider us as stakeholders that are needed to win election.

But the APC needs to know that stakeholders like us cannot be abandoned to their fates because it can constitute a political redline to to the party.

It has been the same complaint all over but I wish the party can see reason why it shall reach out to us and carry us along as critical stakeholders.

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POWER OUTAGE: ZMSG TO FIX BRAND-NEW ELECTRIC TRANSFORMER IN TSAFE

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Zamfara state Governor had deployed a powerful delegation to inspect the condition of power distribution transformer at Tsafe power station on Monday.

The delegation was headed by the State Commissioner for Health Aliyu Abubakar Tsafe, Special Adviser to Zamfara Governor on Urban and Rural Electrification (DURET), technical staff of the Directorate as well as some powerful politicians in the local government.

The Commissioners who listen to the technical brief by the Directorate officials said the Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle was deeply worried when he received the news of the power outage at Tsafe and instantly ordered for on the spot inspection of the power transmission station.

Aliyu Abubakar Tsafe said based on the briefing by the DURET, the transformer which is measured at 2.5 (mba) was too small for the power consumption of Tsafe town, and it’s environ.

He said hence it was suggested that the new transformer to be installed be upgraded to at least 7.5(mba) he will intimate the Governor immediately and get the commitment of the state government in making sure that the problem is addressed out rightly.

He assured that the Governor will do what is right for the people of Tsafe local government by fixing brand-new transformer of high capacity since the existing one is no longer serviceable.

Furthermore, he thanked the people of Tsafe for sustaining their loyalty to the government of Bello Matawalle and assured that the government will do all that are needed to making Tsafe people comfortable.

In a remark, the Special Adviser Directorate of Urban and Rural Electrification (DURET) Alh Muhammad Shinkafi commended the Governor for his prompt response to the plight of Tsafe people and urged them to continue to extend their support to the government.

One of the elder statesmen in the local government Samaila Mudi Tsafe commended the Governor for taking the appropriate step of responding to the complaint of power problem in the Tsafe local government area and urged him to speedily fulfilled the pledge so that citizens of Tsafe can have a sight of relief.

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