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The former civilian Governor of Zamfara state Ahmad Rufai Sani said, the single-handed decision of fixing candidates for various political posts by former Governor Yari in 2019 was the main reason why other group of eight aspirants stood their ground to object the decision.

Yarima who spoke to BBC Hausa service via their Saturday programme “Gane mani hanya” said, contrary to some insinuations, Yari has no issue with him, but he does with the other 2019 gubernatorial aspirants.

“As a leader, I have tried to play a neutral role and refused to support any of the factions during the 2019 APC crises in Zamfara”.

“That singular decision of Yari of showing his interest on who emerged as Zamfara Governor in 2019 caused the formation of what we called group of (8)”.

“During the 2019 crises, the national headquarters of the APC had rejected what Yari has done in terms of fixing candidates for respective elective positions. When President Muhammad Buhari came to Zamfara for campaign in 2019 he also objected the arrangement made by Yari, and it was made public”.

“You can ask the people of Zamfara whether Yarima has played any role in supporting any part of the crises in 2019”.

Yarima said after the 2019 election, the crise has softened because there is a seating Governor in the party, and he is now in charge, and he is going to contest for the office of the Governor for the second time, so it may not be possible for someone within the same party to aspire for the post of Governor.

“We have a standing rule in Zamfara when we have a seating Governor, and he is due for the second term, no one can aspire for his post”.

“The party rule says the seating Governor is the leader of the party. People like us are now elders of the party. We have no option than to support the Governor because the constitution of the party has empowered him to lead. But despite that, he knew the status of everyone”.

On why, he (Yarima) has snot been talking on security challenges facing the state, Yarima said as someone who understands the dynamics of governance, it would not be rational for him to be coming to the media and be talking of insecurity.

“I have access to the President anytime I want to advise him on security matters, I have that express access to him. If I want to see the head of the Nigerian army I can see him and advise him on security matters,, so it would not be proper for me to be discussing security matters on the media platforms.

“When I was in the Senate I had been standing on the floor to raise the concern of Zamfara people” Yarima added.

Yarima also connected the security challenges bedeviling the North to in sufficiency of the security personnel and poor motivation.

He cited references with the Ethiopia where the country with a population of (5) million people has about (1) million army, noting that as big as Nigeria with a population of over (200) million people has less than (1) million soldiers and as low as (300,000) police officers.

On how to end the social insecurity confronting the state, Yarima advocated for the revival of community policing and insisted that if the government increases the take home pay of the security agencies and provided them with the modern arms and secure welfare for those who lost their lives people would be able to join security outlets and defend themselves.

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The former lawmaker who represented Maru and Bungudu Federal constituency Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has met with party stakeholders from his constituency in his bid to woe their support ahead of the forthcoming APC primaries.

Zannan Bungudu is re-contesting for the same post of member representing Maru/Bungudu at the federal house of reps under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress.

His bid to contest the post followed the recent reconciliation effort between the serving Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle and the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar.

The meeting which took place at the conference hall of City King Hotel Gusau on Wednesday was attended by the APC Chairmen for Maru and Bungud and all the delegates from the two local government areas.

During the interface, vital issues regarding the progress of the APC, Bello Matawalle and all the party aspirants were discussed.

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The APC screening committee sent to Zamfara State has screened (28) aspirants who are going to contest for the posts of members of Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The seven-man committee led by Hon. Babangida Tijjani Banki from Borno State assured that justice would be done to all the aspirants screened.

With the screening of the 28 aspirants, four constituencies may likely go into the primary election if consensus has not been reached between the candidates.

The state House of Assembly has the vacancy of only (24) members representing the (14) local government councils.

The remaining members of the committee include Hon Wakili Aliyu, Hon Abubakar Yarima, Faruk Ibrahim Tsiga, Hon Abdullahi Musa, Hon Adamu Ibrahim and Hajiya Fadima Ibrahim who is to serve as committee Secretary.

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Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the appointment of Alh Muh’d Bello Suleiman as the new Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi (Emir of Zurmi).

He has also appointed Alh Aliyu Garba Marafa as the new Emir of Birnin Yan doto while Alh Muhd Aliyu was appointed as the new Sarkin Bazai.

The two emirs of Bazai and Birnin Yandoto were appointed following the signing into law the amended Zamfara Emirate Council Act 2022 which led to the creation of the two additional emirate councils of Yandoto and Bazai.

As for the new Emir of Zurmi he was appointed following the dethronement of the former Emir Atiku Abubakar by the current administration of Bello Matawalle

According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government Kabiru Balarabe, the Governor also approved the appointment of Alh Habib Lawal Habib khalifa as the new Bunun Tsafe the Senior District Head of Tsafe.

Both appointments take immediate effect.

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