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On Friday, the 6th of May 2022 Zamfara decides 2023 in collaboration with (135) other political groups took to the street of Gusau to conduct a (10,000) man-match rally in support of the gubernatorial aspiration of Governor Bello Matawalle for 2023.

Public had also expressed mixed reactions as to the sincerity of the entire process because number one, Zamfara state by all sense of morality is the least among the states that is supposed to have heavy concentration of political activities considering the volatile nature of our security situation.

Second, if the political groups which are dominantly occupied by political appointees of the government can have a sense of moral reasoning, they should have redirected their mindset toward converting the entire exercise to raising an “appeal funds” for the over (800,000) displaced persons across the fourteen local government areas of the state.

This would have been a good strategy to reviving the mindsets of these vulnerable group ofpersons toward re-electing the Governor because for now, like many political observers opined, there is a strong disconnection between the government and these categories of “neglected persons” who are displaced by the catastrophe of armed banditry.

One good thing the political supporters of the Governor are lacking is “good political strategy” and they believed every idea practiced somewhere may also be applicable to Zamfara state without mincing the peculiarity of the state and also the socio-economic conditions of the people.

To many observers of Zamfara politics, if Governor Matawalle wanted a second term bid by convention, it is the people who are supposed to decide that not the political appointees. Imagine the phenomenon in some states it was associations of concern groups of neutral citizens who shall see reason why such decision of supporting the Governor shall be made not the appointees who are attracting monthly salary from the government. To many people it does not really make sense.

Let us look at the (Zamfara decides 2023) for instance, I have the privilege of hosting the Chairman and some members of the political group for an interview and if you make an x-ray of the arrow heads of that association they are “big-masquerades” that attracted “heavy” rewards from the government. The likes of the SSG, Speaker, Commissioners, Chairmen of the Boards and Heads of Agencies and Parastatals.

The point to be made here obvious is that, politicians who are supporting the returned of the Governor for the second term shall begin to think in-ward and take decisions that are both new and unique to the expectations of Zamfara electorates.

You must not do something for the Governor directly before he knew very well that you’re there for him. What you are required to do is to support the people and initiate ideas for them to believe that the government is really showing concern for their socio-economic crises.

Like I said, if an appeal fund is initiated and fifty million naira is raised and food stuffs are procured and distributed to the IDP’s across the fourteen-local governments and the Governor is invited to hand over this donation and contributions to the IDP’s, I am sure not only the IDP’s even the himself will be much more convinced that he is doing well for the this category of people.

In another dimension again, why can’t they donate the money for the release of WAEC/NECO results of the children of the poor who have been at-home ideal for two or three years without advancing their studies. Even if the money is not enough, let there be some agreements with one of the examination bodies for the fifty million to be used in releasing some part of the result so that those who are lucky to be part of the selection process can start to move forward their academic carrier.

Definitely truth is bitter, but it must be said because like we used to argue leadership is not a child play, and it must be taken with all sense of responsibility. We will continue to remind all those in the position of authority that people must be put at the center of every decision-making.

The governor does not need (N50,000,000) before he can buy a nomination form to contest for Governor of Zamfara for the second time because he has the money for sure. But what he required is the goodwill of the people and that, public goodwill can only be attracted if those delegated with responsibilities have taken the bold steps of doing the right thing at all time.

We keep saying that, Zulum the Governor of Borno is excelling because he believed, for him to get it right he must be able to put the people at the center stage of every decision he takes.

His reforms in the education, civil service, agriculture, health, management of humanitarian crises as well as sustainable development of Borno state is not in doubt.

He remain focus and insist on implementing policies that are geared toward transformation of Borno State and its people. This is what many state Governors in Nigeria are lacking.

Since the decision to donate the sum of (N50,000,000) to the Governor has already been taken, the next thing Zamfara people await to see is for the Zamfara decide 2023 in collaboration with this over (100) organizations to organize a special appeal fund for the Internally Displaced Persons in Zamfara so that we can be able to strike the balance.

But Governor’s aides must be awake to taking the right decision to promote the interest of the movement.

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One of the spokespersons of PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Zamfara Zaharadeen Bello Imam has refuted the rumor making round the public that, his principal Dauda Lawal has stepped down from the Zamfara state gubernatorial race.

Mr Bello who spoke exclusively to the Managing Editor of Thunder Blowers Multimedia Services on Sunday said, his principal Gamjin Gusau is fully on the race and is making all arrangements possible to face the ruling APC if he eventually secured the PDP ticket.

“We are appealing to the teeming support of Gamjin Gusau to disregard such mischievous information, hence Dauda Lawal is fully in the race” the statement added.

He thanked the entire people of Zamfara for their overwhelming support and goodwill to his principal.

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Maru/Bungudu is one of the federal legislative constituencies in Zamfara which is going to be keenly contested under the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

While some of the aspirants are joining the race on their own, others are hiding under the influence of their political godfathers to get the ticket at the level of the party primaries.

Though the Governor through the consensus arrangements has sacrificed the seat to the Yari faction of the APC which eventually it was handed down to Abdul-Malik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu, some other aspirants went either on the own to obtained the nomination forms at the party Secretariat in Abuja while others took the decision of obtaining the nomination forms through the influence of some other power brokers within the APC.

As at now, four aspirants are contesting the ticket of Maru/Bungudu at the level of party primaries which will be based on direct, indirect or consensus mode.


He served as the lawmaker representing the constituency between 2015-2019 and worn the seat for the second term during the 2019 election before the victory was aborted by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He is a strong loyalist of former Governor Abdulazeez Yari and has remained with him since the political coincidence of the 2019.

He initially he intended to defect to the PDP after Yari lost his bid to emerge as the National Chairman of the ruling APC but the recent reconciliation which favoured his political camp influenced his change of decision.

He is no doubt one of the strongest politicians in the Zamfara Central Senatorial zone, especially with his existing political structure, which he used in winning the 2015 and 2019 election under the same APC.

He now enjoys the good-will of his political master Abdulazeez Yari couple with the existing state structure led by Matawalle which are some of his baseline factors that may place him above other contenders in the primaries.

But there are those with the opinion that even without the support and good will of his political leader and support of the state structure of the party, he has the skills and political experience of manipulating his way to secure the ticket of the party going by the political precedence that characterized his emergence in 2015.


Abdulrahaman Tumbido was formally a legislative aide to the former Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima and he has gathered his Political experience from Yariman Bakura school of thought.

Before they parted away in 2022, Kogunan Maru has been one of the political pillars of the Gamjin Gusau political structure.

He is believed to be enjoying the goodwill of the former civilian Governor Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura whom many believed will use his political experience to manipulate the party ticket for him.

He has expressed interest to contest for the same legislative seat in 2019 but could not make it.

He said his number one areas of interest if he succeeded in securing the ticket and winning the legislative seat is to empower the youths, support the government to end insecurity and also create job opportunities through agriculture and small and medium enterprises.


Sufiyanu Usman Dan-Mai Sallah is a certified National Accountant with multiple years of experience as an accountant working with the Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto and later Ahmad Bello University Zaria.

He has worked as an Accountant at Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto for eight years and later moved to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria as Financial Officer at Center for Energy Research and Training up to 2021.

He is currently a Technical Assistant to the Executive Chairman, Zamfara State Board of Internal Revenue and also an active member of the All Progressive Congress.

His move to contest for the position of member, federal house of representative for Maru and Bungudu is borne out of the pressure from the youth (his main constituency) and other concern citizens.

As at now, he has no political godfather which is known to the public, and from the look of things, he is riding on the good-will of the people of his constituency especially to secure the ticket of his party.

Many believed his academic credentials and years of experience in public service as holder of HND in Accounting, BSc in Accounting and Master’s Degree in Accounting is good enough to define his deserving competency to serve as representative of the people.

He is also a member of professional bodies including (ANAN), Association of Chartered Taxation Institute (ACTI) and also a member Certified Financial Analysis.


Dr. Bashir Maru is currently a Special Adviser to Zamfara state Governor and also Executive Chairman Zamfara State Hospital Management Board (a man with double portfolios) as he is fondly called.

Before his recent appointment, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Zamfara State Governor between 2020 up to the middle of 2021.

He is a known comrade with years of experience as Student Union Activist who rose through the ladder to become a factional NANS President.

He worked in the various youth committees that struggled in ensuring the election and re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari under the auspices of the All Progressive Congress.

He is a trained medical doctor with years of experience and also worked with many civil society organizations.

Furthermore, he succeeded in bringing a lot of reforms that led to the liberation of the youths in the Northern Nigeria especially in the areas of education and health.

As of now, Bashir Maru has no political godfather who is sponsoring his aspiration but like he used to say, he’s riding on the good-will of the people to get his party ticket and expressed optimism that he will get the ticket through the party primaries.


The main concern regarding the APC candidature for Maru/Bungudu Federal constituency is how to get the conflict of interest among the contenders resolved.

As at now, nobody is certain of what may likely happen because the four contenders are showing no readiness to step down their interest.

The anointed candidate of the Governor who emerged through the consensus process Zannan Bungudu for instance is not too sure as to either if he can rely solidly on the good-will of the Governor and indeed the party (APC) to get the ticket if at all he has to face the three other contenders at the primaries.

He may not be sure again if the Governor can get him the control of the party delegates if at all indirect mode of primaries is approved for Zamfara state. And where direct mode of party primaries is approved, there are too many questions that begs for answer as it relates to chances of Zannan Bungudu.

And what many people cannot understand for now is whether there is an ongoing reconciliation effort championed by the Governor to get the three other aspirants to step-down for Zannan Bungudu and if that is not enforce it means Zannan Bungudu need to wake up and work his ways before it is too late.

As for those who understand the political strategies of Sen. Yarima very well, they knew Tumnido candidature can be a big threat to all the aspirants unless if he has stepped down before the conduct of the party primaries.

As for Bashir Maru and Sufiyanu Usman Dan Mai Sallah if the direct mode of primaries is approved for Zamfara state anyone of them can take advantage of the citizen’s popularity to hit at the nail on the head

May Allah make the race beneficial to the people of the constituency.

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A gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressive Congress in Zamfara Abdulmalik Garba Gajam has called on the National headquarters of the APC to allow for adoption of direct mode of primaries in Zamfara state.

Gajam who spoke exclusively to the Managing Editor of Thunder Blowers in Abuja on Wednesday insisted that, direct primaries is the only option that allows the citizens to select the best candidate for the Zamfara gubernatorial project in 2023 under the platform of the APC.

He reminded the APC National headquarters that since direct primaries were adopted in Zamfara in 2018 the same mode of primaries should be adopted in the overall interest of giving Zamfara citizens the deserving chance to vote for the right candidate.

“ we have absolute confidence in the President Muhammad Buhari as honest and trustworthy person and also have confidence in the ability of Abdullahi Adamu the national chairman of our great party to do justice to the people of Zamfara. All we are saying is approve direct primaries for people of Zamfara to decide their next Governor in 2023 and anything short of that it’s not justice”.

“I have confidence that, if direct primaries is approved for Zamfara I will defeat Governor Bello Matawalle hands down because people of Zamfara would vote for competency, they would vote for capacity, and they would vote for young agile man who has a blueprint to transform the state”.

“All we are saying is, the Governor should allow his projects to speak for him, he should allow for the government house renovation and construction of airport to buy him the confidence of the people who will conduct the primary election and this is what we called democracy”.

On what plan he has in the event direct primaries has not been approved for Zamfara, the politician said he has a vibrant strategy he intended to use and win the heart of the delegates which he said, he will not disclose to the media but insisted that, he has the confidence that the national headquarters of the party (APC) will approve direct mode of primary election for Zamfara state.

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