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PLAYING THE GAME AS MATAWALLE’s MESSAGE TO THE COLLECTIVES(OPINION)By ZAILANI BAPPA

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In an interview with the famous Channels TV yesterday, Governor Bello Mohammed was asked if the current movement in the opposition All Progressives Congress to put its house in order was a threat to his second term ambition in 2023, he philosophically responded thus, 

“ This is a development in another party not mine. As Chief Executive and PDP Governor, I have nothing to worry with that. But in relation to my party and position I can tell you that those involved are all my friends and I wish them well. This is but a game and we are all going to play it”!

This underscores the gradual changes taking place in the political terrain of Zamfara state in which the good, the bad and the ugly is playing out by the day. It is not an ordinary happenstance, but a development caused and perfected by a major political catapult, which shot down the then ruling party to a perfect loss and near obscurity and shot up the present ruling party to service and glory.

At first, the APC in the state lost its hype, its balance and its grip. Its leadership, enmeshed in arrogance that challenged the Will of the people and the powers of God was devastated, twisted in a rapid swin snd was dazed silly. Soon, the Party was in disarray and in internal conflicts…. a build up to its major conflict that saw its peril at the polls in 2019. That is now history.

However, the Abdulazeez Yari faction of the APC got busy fighting the present PDP administration of Governor Bello Mohammed while at the same time, the Kabiru Garba Marafa faction was in tacit support of the same administration. The fight by Yari faction got nasty, and even nastier after the final Court judgement that affirmed Matawalle as the valid Governor of the state.

However, as the journey pulls farther, Matawalle, against all their expectations, is gathering the speedy momentum of a growing star and the political darling of not only the PDP but the APC itself. Popular opinions and even the true judgement of the  opposition analysts places him on a higher pedestal above his peers. And that became just the problem this time around.

In what some political pundits describe as a rattle state, the APC juggernauts, out of fear snd apprehension, made a desperate attempt to pull their house in order and try to bury the hatchet sheathed against themselves and dangle the hatchet against Matawalle. According to them, none of them could realize any of his ambition with the spate of this growth in Matawalle’s influence in political terrain enveloping the state.


However, the attempt to fuse these distinctly conflicting camps of the APC is described by political observers as building a foundation structure placed on sand. The attempt to become one and fight Matawalle in this circumstance is akin to drawing water with a perfected wicker. All this while, Governor Matawalle has refused to join issues in the flowing river of  provocative utterances poured after the said merger of the APC camps.

However, yesterday, he spoke. And it was brief, full of confidence and  purpose, and dignified as usual.
Yes, politics is a game and a game to be played. It was played before and shall be played again. Like I wrote last week on my social media page, ‘ba a san maci tuwo ba sai mita ta qare”.

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.

 

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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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