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Aminu Saleh

The Osun gubernatorial elections have come and gone, and the battle was won and lost. For the APC, its nose was rubbed in the dust; its arrogance and misplaced confidence of its leaders shaken. The PDP on its part is celebrating the Osun victory as if it is the presidential elections and the party has won the jackpot. While the APC is humbled, the PDP is exhibiting a conqueror’s syndrome and taking on the toga of the misplaced confidence that is about to destroy the very foundation of the APC. Seems our politicians will never learn any lesson from the travails of others. Tinubu got humbled in Osun, a state he considered his backyard and belief it is a shoo-in for the APC in any elections. His associates in Osun might have rubbed the wrong people the wrong way. This might have caused him and the APC the gubernatorial elections.

In Adamawa state, Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate seem to hold the same haughty image of his political infallibility in his home base. He and his supporters believe the state is his for the taking. But the triumphal attitude his supporters display to the chagrin of others and the labelling of those who disagree with the Atiku or his supporters in the state may cause him more than what Tinubu paid in Osun. The idiom that pride goeth before fall, may be awaiting Atiku in Adamawa if he does not rein in his pack of wolves in the state, who think insulting those who disagree with their brand of politics is an entry card to the inner sanctum of Atiku’s palace.

There has been a surfeit of negative write-ups from the Atiku camp and from those who disagree with the postulations of his acolytes, particularly his supporters/ lovers in Yola North local government. The write-ups, from both sides of the divide appear to be childish and churlish. The naming of individuals and contract figures is way down the pit of decency, which should not be seen to be associated with someone who once occupied the office of the Vice President of the country and is now seeking to occupy the office of the President. The silence by the former VP may seem consent to the ongoing verbal battle taking place in Yola North local government.

In Osun state, these same elements that we see at play in Adamawa state were in play since after the 2018 gubernatorial elections and the failure to nip it in the bud turned out to be Tinubu’s archil’s heels. The Jagaba took it for granted that those insulting and excluding his supposed political enemies had the upper hand and therefore felt there was no need to address the matter. It turned out he was wrong as seen in the just concluded gubernatorial elections. Atiku’s people believe they can alienate some people, including the governor, and cruise to victory in the state in next year’s elections. They also believe they can win the elections and the governor will fail in his second term bid and so they are not averse to actively working against the governor’s interest. This may not be so.

From what I learnt, this same people worked against the emergence of the governor in the 2018 PDP gubernatorial primaries, yet he triumphed. They again covertly worked against his success at the polls. Again, he triumphed. I thought anybody who thinks with his head and not his heart will either mend the fences or change tactics. The difference between 2018/19 and this time is that they have found a new hate pet in the person of the Secretary to the Government (SSG) Bashiru Ahmad. Incidentally the SSG is from the same Yola North local government with the group that has been actively trying very hard to dynamite the bridge between the former Vice President and the governor of Adamawa state.

I do not know whether it is local politics or unrequited hatred that drives these people to a path of political destruction. It seems to me there is a transfer of animosity from the governor to the SSG a case of ido wa ka rena. I have read so many pieces where the SSG was denigrated, insulted, maligned, and even defamed by the powers that be in Yola North local government. I have wondered and pondered on the genesis of this quarrel. i have also agonised over the long-term effect of such fight in the market square and its lasting effect on relationships. My conclusion is that all involved will pay a very high price ultimately. But the former VP will pay the highest price. His failure to rein in his supporters may eventually come back to haunt him politically.

The of the brick-a-brats may not be far from the search for relevance by some politicians and businessmen in the local government by pushing the Atiku card. The perception that labelling others as being against the interest of Atiku is ticket to sit on the dinner table with the former VP may boomerang on all concerned if not properly managed by Atiku. this is the 21st century for God’s sake and I believe people have wisened up to the antics of politicians and their yes men. Whatever the perceived faults of the governor, he is still the leader of the party in the state and calls the shots in Adamawa state in general and the PDP. Antagonising him may not be wise when you are going into an election year. Equally, the SSG is the highest-ranking public official from the Yola North local government, irrespective of our feelings towards him. The stakeholder nomenclature has taken a different meaning to its English intent from the way it is loosely used in Nigeria. The verbal rofo rofo threatening to derail Atiku’s train from its home base appear to be centred around who is a stakeholder in the PDP in Yola North. I think, by whatever yardstick, a sitting SSG must be counted as one, irrespective of whether we like him or not. Relegating to the status of a nobody will be tantamount to shooting one in the foot.

Atiku should be well advised to realise that most of those parading as the stakeholders of the PDP in the local government are his personal acquaintances and not necessarily political leaders. It will do him a lot of good to separate the personal from the political. Osun on my mind.

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Former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi and Ahmad Rufai Sani were among the prominent APC politicians that are to head the gubernatorial campaign council for the second term bid of Governor Bello Matawalle.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Tijjani Yahaya Kaura and former Finance Minister Ambassador Bashir Yuguda are among the leaders of Zamfara APC gubernatorial campaign council.

The campaign council also has many former and serving senators, members of the Federal House of Representatives as well as serving and former ambassadors.

Abdulaziz Yari who is the Chairman of the Campaign Council has formally issued appointment letters to the hundreds of APC power brokers that are to work at the various campaign committees and subcommittees.

He charged the members of the campaign council to work harder and justify the confidence reposed on them by making sure that the Governor and indeed all the APC candidates are returned elected in the forthcoming 2023 election.

He also warned politicians and party supporters to shun political thuggery and conduct a campaign that violent free.
He further said his committee would not allow anybody to carry any kind of weapons except the security agencies that are mandated to do so.

He assured that the campaign council would conduct a hitch free campaign devoid of any thuggery activities.

Abdul Aziz Abubakar Yari appeals to the people of Zamfara state to ensure that APC candidates are massively given all the necessary votes to win election in 2023 general election.

He further charged the council members to redouble their efforts as the committee would work for the success of the party in the state.

He called on the other political parties in the state to emulate his committee by not allowing anybody, particularly the youth to carry dangerous weapons during their political campaign and charge security agencies not to spare anyone caught carrying weapons during the campaigns of the political parties in the state.

Also speaking during the occasion the director general of the campaign council who was a former Minister and Senator Alhaji Tijjani Yahaya kaura Namoda charge members to be vigilant and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibility as they have chosen based on merit; therefore they must lead APC to victory.

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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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