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Idris Yusuf


I have listened to the interview granted by the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare with the BBC and for me, I believed Zamfara people are too educated to be deceived with such a careless statement, especially those that relates to issue of insecurity.


I wonder how Dauda would look at a typical Zamfara citizen and tell him Matawalle as seating Governor has done nothing to ensure that the lingering insecurity facing the state has ended for me that is the highest level of injustice to Matawalle.


Dauda should be made to understand that the solution to insecurity lies with the Federal government of Nigeria and that, Matawalle in his own wisdom is only investing heavily in security management of Zamfara in order to get his people secured and safer and there is no regret about it.


For me, the statement by Dr  Dauda Lawal is too abusive to the integrity of Zamfara people because I challenged him to come out in the public to declare what he has done in support of the fight against armed banditry, the killings, and abduction going on in Zamfara state.


As gubernatorial candidate with super power connection as he claimed, I challenged him to come out in the public and tell Zamfara people what he has done in terms of provision of operational vehicles, funding of even local security operatives as well as use of his connection to secure more troops for Zamfara people especially those living in the rural areas.


The fact that he is contesting for a Governor does not mean he shall resort to playing game of blame what Zamfara people needed from him is to see his practical support and intervention, especially in facilitating the deployment of more troops to Zamfara as well as contribution in terms of provision of more operational vehicles to aid the security operatives working in the state if truly he is connected and he has Zamfara state at heart.


Since May 25th 2022 when Dr. Dauda Lawal secured a gubernatorial ticket he stayed away from Zamfara and made himself incommunicado to even the PDP supporters and this tell everybody who cares to listen that Dr. Dauda Lawal is now pulling out of the cave and only understand that he cant pilot the awaiting passengers from their hotel rooms not to talk flying them on the sky.


From May 2022 to date for instance, over one hundred attacks were recorded in Zamfara and I challenged Dr. Dauda or his entire PDP supporters to tell Zamfara people a single day when he or they paid any condolence/sympathy visit to victim communities or offer any help to assist them cushion the effects of the hardship they were subjected to.


On the issue of blueprint that Dr. Dauda claimed he has, for me, it is just a mere dream, or I rather said is theoretical because in my analysis of his political antecedents he believed leadership is microscopic meaning easy to say than done.


He stated in that interview that, when campaign started he will unveil his manifestos to the people of Zamfara state and for me he does not have any because by analysis of his interview and for someone who is interested in the citizen’s vote, media is the best avenue to sale out your priorities and preference. We await him to say what he has during campaign I am sure Matawalle campaign team will have answer to all that he will raise.


As for his dream of reviving the Zamfara Textile Industry and ginneries, I think Dr. Dauda  has failed the examination because there are new models of economic and entrepreneurial interventions that Zamfara people needed more than the textile and cotton ginneries and soonest Matawalle will unveil them when the investors he invited finally arrives at Nigeria.


I will call on Zamfara people to please ignore the interview by Dr. Dauda Lawal because it is empty and full of misdirection.


I am not saying Matawalle is right 100% but clearly Matawalle has done well on the other way because he is on top of his steps to ensure that life of typical Zamfara person has changed.


The new security measures deployed recently by the Governor is enough to understand that Matawalle will get things right by the Special will of Allah.


As for Dauda he better go and face his business in Dubai and England that is what fits him the best. The funny part of the whole scenario is that someone who cannot speak Hausa the original language of the people of his immediate constituency fluently will come back to make a burst that he can proper solution to the problem of the people.


Dauda should understand that leadership is not a joke and it required someone who is not only realistic but very serious minded person to manage it’s requisites and for me I don’t see anything serious about Dr. Dauda a Governorship candidate that is disconnected with his root and a politician who hides in his Abuja comfort zone and share a folktales to those who cares to listen.


If he is serious let him come back to Zamfara and stay with the people so that he will understand how genuinely leadership of Zamfara required someone with vast experience of politics, human relations and social coordination.


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The Chairman of the APC Defense Coalition, Dr. Suleiman Shuaibu Sarki Shanun Shinkafi had lambasted Sen. Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura the former Governor of Zamfara state for allegedly backing Senator Gods will Akpabio’s candidature of becoming the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He said the action of Senator Yarima is a clear demonstration of his unending conspiracy against the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension.

Sarkin Shanu in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday insisted that it will be an act of conspiracy and mischief for the Zamfara former Governor, Ahmad Sani Yarima to back a southern candidate for the post of Senate President when he already has someone from Zamfara and a fellow Northerner who is buying for the same position.

He noted that the action of Senator Ahmad Yarima is a clear impression that he is an enemy of the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension, adding that Northerners need to be awakened and rise to the occasion before people like Yariman Bakura nail the region down for personal self enrichment.

“Yariman Bakura has demonstrated his strong and extreme disregard for the Northern Nigerian by supporting Sen. Godswill Akpabio as against the candidature of the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, and we are ready to fight him to finishing for working against the interest of the North”.

“The North West in particular has produces over 50% of the votes that produces Sen. Bola Ahmad Tinubu as the President during the 2023 election and now that our own from the region is contesting for the post of Senate President we have no option than to stand firmly behind him and enemies of the North like Yariman Bakura will fail woefully when the time comes”.

“Yariman Bakura has never hidden his personal enmity for the progress of Sen. Abdulaziz Yari and this can be demonstrated since what happened in the 2019 political race and now in the 2023 election when he worked openly against the success of the APC in Zamfara state” the statement added.

“It is shameful of Sen. Yarima to show his political solidarity to Godswill Akpabio in the open world and his action is a clear demonstration that he has declared war against the North and Northern Nigeria and by the special will of Allah Yarima he will be humiliated for working against the North” the statement added.

“We implore Sen. Yari to remain firm and focus and continue to mobilize strongly for his candidature for the Senate President, and we assure him he will emerge victorious looking at the dynamics of the way things are going, the APC zoning arrangement will surely fail”.

“For record, the President-elect is from the South, the Chief Justice of the federation who is the head of the judicial arm is also from the South, so there is no way the North will allow the seat of the Senate President who is the head of the legislative arm to shift to the South again”. The statement added.

He called on Senator Yarima to have the fear of God and leave Senator Yari alone, noting that God almighty has already made Yari the political hero of the current generation.

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A Kano Senator-elect under the platform of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Kawu Sumaila has declared to that APC zoning arrangement was an insult to the Nigerian parliament.

Sen. Kawu Sumaila who stated this on the National Television insisted that, former Governor of Zamfara and senator elect Abdulaziz Yari remain his candidate for the office of the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He stated that, the National Assembly, as an independent arm of the government, should be free from the control of the executive.

“It is an insult for the APC to dictate to me where I will go in the choosing the presiding officers”.

He added that the majority of the lawmakers-elect were already discussing working against the zoning arrangements announced by the APC.

He urged Tinubu not to allow political sycophants to dictate the fortune of things for him.

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The Executive Director Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center Awal Musa Rafsanjani has described the APC zoning arrangements as announced as an attempt to pocket the 10th National Assembly.

Rafsanjani who stated this in an interview insisted that the culture of imposition of leadership on the national assembly has grave danger to the nation’s Democratic process.

Rafsanjani stated “some people endorsed by the party for leadership have corruption allegation against them, having them as presiding officers in the legislatures will neutralize anti-graft fights and will further erode the public image of the parliament.

“What the President-elect and the APC have done is to completely pocket the legislatures and make them not only rubber stamp parliament but also an extension of the presidency” .

While affirming that CISLAC supported equitable zoning of national assembly leadership seats , it condemned the imposition of individuals on the lawmakers.

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