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RE-EDITORIAL POSITION ON ZAMFARA POLITICAL CRISIS BY LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER: THE MISSING FACTS AND SHOW OF POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP

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Kabir Bashir Tudun Wada Gusau

I am compelled to write and respond to the Editorial Opinion by the Leadership Newspaper regarding the political developments in Zamfara state. The position in my opinion has exposed the suspicion of partisanship of some media organizations in fuelling the Zamfara political crises.

In my candid opinion, the Editorial Opinion of Leadership newspaper is handicapped and clearly demonstrated the ignorance of the Editorial Team on matters related to the recent political developments in Zamfara state.

Let me first of all react to some of the statements captured in the Editorial of Leadership of Wednesday the 19th of October 2022 and clearly finger-point where they get things wrong:

The newspaper said “This newspaper is compelled to remind the Governor that in compliance with the Electoral Act, political activities including Campaign Rallies by candidates have officially commenced, which means that the PDP candidate in question acted within the Law to have held the Rally and the media in the performance of their statutory roles of informing, educating, enlightening and entertaining the people were well within their rights as provided by Law to cover such political gathering”.

I think there is nowhere the state government of Zamfara contradicted the reality of the fact that, campaign had started or political parties or their candidates are allowed by Law to begin their campaigns but the Leadership newspaper should have clearly captured the position of the state government on what exactly was the reason behind the temporary or Interim suspension of the campaign in Zamfara, since last week Thursday.

Secondly, regarding the fact that the PDP candidate acted within Law by embarking on the campaign, I think Leadership Newspaper should have understood the difference between exercising the right of Political association by individuals or groups as provided for by Section (40) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended as well conditions that can override such a right.

Leadership Newspaper needs not to be told that issue of severe insecurity which has direct negative effects on the lives and properties of the people can override the right to Political association and indeed any other right.

When a Governor is confronted with a severe security challenge like that of Zamfara, it is within the Constitutional Powers vested in him by virtue of Section 5(2), 176(2) and 315(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended to take decisive measures that can help reverse the situation and restore the peace and confidence of the people under his control.

So,Leadership newspaper needs to be guided that there is a limit to the way citizens of Nigeria can exercise their rights including Right of Political association as provided for by the Constitution.

Again,I will be bold enough to say that, Leadership newspaper cannot deny the fact that for two weeks now, Zamfara has been under intensive security attacks by some suspected armed bandits. It was on record that, more than forty people have been kidnapped along Funtua-Zaria Road within two weeks.

More worrisome was the fact that one of the freed victims of Kaduna Train Attack was brutally murdered by these heartless bandits on his way back home after spending six months in captivity. His driver is now also abducted. This is different from significant number of soldiers’ shot by the bandits along the same Highway within the time under review. Again, several communities under Bukkuyum, Anka and Gummi had been severely under the bandit attacks with thousands of innocent people displaced to the streets of their respective local government headquarters.

It will be inhuman for the Leadership newspaper to be defending the Right of Political association of a single Gubernatorial candidate when the lives of five million people are at stake.Moreover, we expected the newspaper to be able to write and have sympathy with Zamfara state government and indeed five million people not to defend the right of one single Gubernatorial candidate.

Regarding the alleged closure of some Media Houses by the Zamfara State government, the Leadership newspaper needs not to be told that the objective of Mass media in promoting democracy is built on the rationale of promoting peace, stability and justice to all.

The Media houses are under obligation to review decisions between money making by way sponsorship of campaigns and beholding to the decisions of the State Security Council which was binding by an “Executive Order” No: 10 which was signed by the Governor on the advice of his Security Chiefs

The government may be going too extreme to order for the closure of these media organizations but if that is what will guarantee their safety in the interim what is wrong with that?. What if the people became aggressive and reacted to the decisions of the Media houses angrily will that not be another catastrophic scenario that will be left at the mercy of state government?. God forbid if that shall happen the same Media platforms like Leadership newspaper will make a front page headlines castigating the state government for not providing security to these same Media organizations.

Significantly also, I wish to ask the Leadership newspaper if genuinely it is also part of the Rights of the PDP Gubernatorial candidate of Zamfara to allow hired political thugs to be gunning down innocent people in the name of campaign? I think Leadership newspaper should tell the citizens of Zamfara why it has not found it as a corporate responsibility to sympathise with the people of Zamfara over the murderous shootings of innocent persons by the suspected PDP supporters last Saturday which resulted to killing of one person.

And I will like to challenge the Leadership newspaper to please tell Nigerians why it refused to write editorials against the decision to postpone elections in some frontline areas in the North East during the 2019 elections? Was the security situation in Zamfara presently not as bad as that of 2019? This question is fundamental because without providing answer to it, we could suspect the spirit of political partisanship by this reputable newspaper expected to have objective approach to serious issues like the one in Zamfara incident of last week.

The editorial opinion in my opinion is again too sentimental and economical with the truth. The newspaper needs to engage active Media practitioner to conduct a genuine mapping of the security situation in Zamfara and to be able to separate politics and political rights of individuals and groups as well as powers to ensure security and safety of the citizens which is bestowed on the Governor by Chapter(11) and section 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

The news paper also added that:

“At the peak of the insecurity, the governor threw caution to the wind and wasted state resources that could have been deployed to serve the security needs of the people in buying limousines for traditional rulers.”

It was also in the same state that, a wanted terrorist was recognized publicly and revered traditional title conferred on him. The terrorist comrades in crimes were all present, the state government and its agencies looked the other way and only half heartedly acted when public rose in uproar”.

Bringing the issue of procurement of Limousines to traditional rulers and also the award of the chieftaincy title to Ado Aleiru in my own opinion is a deliberate act of mischief and alleged sponsored political campaign of calumny and propaganda to ridicule the conscience of the good people of Zamfara state. I don’t know at which point it has become a crime for the Governor to honor the Royal fathers by giving them state- of -the art vehicles for their mobility.

For the Leadership newspaper to act so low and bring the issue of procurement of vehicles for the Emirs shows they are only a community for the sake of pleasing a certain political interest. We have seen how Emirs in some states are riding sophisticated vehicles that even their Governors are riding.

Coming to the idea of turbanning of one of the bandit leaders Ado Aleru as a parameter to ridicule the government Leadership newspaper cannot deny the fact that the decision was a “community based one”. It was taken based on the declaration of the “Doctrine of Self defense”. The community of ‘Yandoton Daji had explained in a very loud and clear voice that the decision to honor Alieru with a traditional title was done as part of their deliberate effort to bring Alieru back to the community to help restore peace in the area.

The decision taken by the government against the consideration of awarding Ado Alieru a title was in the public domain. The Governor suspended the Emir and set up an Investigative Panel to look into the circumstances surrounding the whole scenario.

For me, based on my understanding of the content of the editorial decisions of the Leadership newspaper of 19th October 2022, it was made out to deliberately please Dr Dauda Lawal and his party may be for commercial business reasons.

The media houses are under obligation to review decisions between money making by way sponsorship of campaigns and beholding to the decisions of the State Security Council which was binding by an “Executive Order” No: 10 which was signed by the Governor on the advice of his Security Chiefs

The government may be going too extreme to order for the closure of these media organizations but if that is what will guarantee their safety on the interim what is wrong with that?. What if the people became aggressive and reacted to the decisions of the media houses angrily will that not be another catastrophic scenario that will be left at the mercy of state government?. God forbid if that shall happen the same media platforms like Leadership newspaper will be making a front page headlines castigating the state government for not providing security to these same media organizations.

Significantly also, I wish to ask the Leadership newspaper if genuinely it is also part of the Rights of the PDP Gubernatorial candidate of Zamfara to allow hired political thugs to be gunning down innocent people in the name of campaign? I think Leadership newspaper should tell the citizens of Zamfara why it has not found it as a corporate responsibility to sympathise with the people of Zamfara over the murderous shootings of innocent persons by the suspected PDP supporters last Saturday which resulted to killing of one person.

And I will like to challenge the Leadership newspaper to please tell Nigerians why it refused to write editorials against the decision to postpone elections in some frontline areas in the North East during the 2019 elections? Was the security situation in Zamfara presently not as bad as that of 2019? This question is fundamental because without providing answer to it we could suspect the spirit of political partisanship by this reputable newspaper expected to have objective approach to serious issues like the one in Zamfara incident of last week.
The editorial opinion in my opinion is again too sentimental and economical with the truth. The newspaper needs to engage active media practitioner to conduct a genuine mapping of the security situation in Zamfara and to be able to separate politics and political rights of individuals and groups as well as powers to ensure security and safety of the citizens which is bestowed on the Governor by Chapter(11) and section 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

The news paper also added that:

“At the peak of the insecurity, the governor threw caution to the wind and wasted state resources that could have been deployed to serve the security needs of the people in buying limousines for traditional rulers.”

It was also in the same state that, a wanted terrorist was recognized publicly and revered traditional title conferred on him. The terrorist comrades in crimes were all present, the state government and its agencies looked the other way and only half heartedly acted when public rose in uproar”.

Bringing issue of procurement of limousines to traditional rulers and also the award of the chieftaincy title to Ado Aleiru in my own opinion is a deliberate act of mischief and alleged sponsored political campaign of calumny and propaganda to ridicule the conscience of the good people of Zamfara state. I don’t know at which point has it become a crime for the Governor to honor the Royal fathers by giving them state- of -the art vehicles for their mobility.

For the Leadership newspaper to act so low and bring the issue of procurement of vehicles for the Emirs it shows they are only a community for the sake of pleasing a certain political interest. We have seen how Emirs in some other states are riding sophisticated vehicles that even their Governors are riding.

Coming to the idea of turbanning of one of the bandit leaders Ado Aleru as a parameter to ridicule the government Leadership newspaper cannot deny the fact that the decision was a “community based one”. It was taken based on the declaration of the “Doctrine of Self defense”. The community of ‘Yandoton Daji had explained in a very loud and clear voice that the decision to honor Alieru with a traditional title was done as part of their deliberate effort to bring Alieru back to the community to help restore peace in the area.

The decision taken by the government against the consideration of awarding Ado Alieru a title was in the public domain. The Governor suspended the Emir and set up an Investigative Panel to look into the circumstances surrounding the whole scenario.

For me, based on my understanding of the content of the editorial decisions of the Leadership newspaper of 19th October 2022, it was made out to deliberately please Dr Dauda Lawal and his party may be for commercial reasons.

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ZAMFARA SEN. YAU INAUGURATES 2023 CAMPAIGN URGES CONSTITUENTS TO VOTE FOR TINUBU & ALL APC CANDIDATES

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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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ZAMFARA: WHY ENGR SULEIMAN GUMMI’S DESPERATE TACTICS WON’T SAVE PDP

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Yusuf Idris Gusau

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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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FMR. ZAMFARA GOV. YARI CONDOLES SEN. WAMMAKO

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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