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

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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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RECONCILIATION: ZAMFARA FMR. FED. LAWMAKER MEETS COUNCIL CHAIR, APC STAKEHOLDERS

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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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GAMJIN GUSAU DR. DAUDA LAWAL, RINGING THE BELL OF THE OPPOSITION IN ZAMFARA POLITICS.

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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 APC FED. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE ASPIRANTS GEAR UP FOR PARTY PRIMARIES IN ZAMFARA

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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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