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The recent development that trailed the All Progressives Congress( APC) in Zurmi and Shinkafi has continued to raise a fresh dust in the political landscape and the prospects of the party hence people believed there are many hidden things that are past becoming in the public domain.

Some groups of politicians believed to be loyalists to Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa led by one Auwalu Alhazzai mobilized the APC supporters from the zone with a threat against the candidature of Senator Sahabi Alh. Ya’U and Hon.Umar S. Fada Moriki.

Their arguments are simple: Marafa supporters in Shinkafi have been neglected and sidelined on the major decisions that affect the party in the constituency. They argued further that, major dividends of democracy that are donated to people by the party are not extended to supporters of Senator Marafa.

They even accused Umar S. Fada of using his influence as Director General in the administration of former Governor Abdu’aziz Yari to molest and intimidate the supporters of Senator Marafa during the crises of G8.

The congregation at Shinkafi on Saturday has really called for concern hence people believed the decision by the Marafa supporters may be a big set-back for the chances of the party considering its ripe to maturity in terms of reconciliation between the three major political blocks of the APC in Zamfara.


Alh. Ibrahim Shinkafi is a supporter of the APC in Shinkafi and he informed this medium on phone that the steps taken by Mr. Awal Alhazzai is really a sad one because for him there is no political movement conducted without involving the supporters of Senator. Marafa as far as Shinkafi is concerned.

He insisted that, unless if Mr. Alhazzai is has another ulterior motive against the APC in Shinkafi there is no basis why he shall raise alarm especially by asking the Marafa supporters not to vote for Sahabi and Hon.Umar S. Fada.”why crying wolf when there is none”he enthused.

“It is sabotage against the party because for once we have not heard of any complaint by any supporter of Senator Marafa not until when Awalu Alhazzai came up with this ugly development”.

Another supporter of the APC in Shinkafi Alh.Lawali Garba said “it was unfortunate that some groups of people are working against the party (APC) even when everyone in Shinkafi knew that we conducted our affairs as a party in unity with all the political blocks. For Awal Alhazzai to raise this fresh issue trying to point at the party with the impression of crises is really unpatriotic”.

Senator Marafa shall call Awalu Alhazzai and and indeed those that grouped against the party together with him to order. This time around they need to understand that the party shall be supreme and any attempt to bring a set-back to the party is a clear manifestation of the case of anti-party which the APC leadership shall vehemently resist”.

Hajiya Sadiya a chieftain of the All progressive Congress (APC)in Zurmi challenged Alhazzai to came up with the fact that the party in Zurmi particularly is working in isolation of the Marafa camp noting that to the best of her knowledge, no single meeting is held without Marafa’s political structure fully integrated in the decision making process.

“We met with Alhazzai and the rest at various meetings of the party and to the best of my knowledge we have never met for once without supporters of Marafa on ground. The issues raised by Alhazzai are simply a political concoction created to seek for gullible and soft audience”.


This medium contacted Umar S. Fada regarding the development and he expressed shock with the development since he stated clearly that to the best of his knowledge he has never operated in isolation of the supporters of Marafa and any APC big-wigs.

He said it is surprising that this issue is raised at this very critical time when APC is enjoying internal peace and stability and assured that he will reach-out to Mr. Alhazzai and find out what exactly is wrong with their group.

“I personally knew that in every consultation and meeting held by the APC in Zurmi and Shinakafi Marafa supporters are invited and also involved and I will be surprised for someone to raise this concern now but I will find out from them”.

“The APC in Zamfara led by Matawalle, Former Governor Yari and Senator Marafa had been working tirelessly to ensure that, unity of purpose is achieved and for me if any of the APC supporters is raising concern that he is not treated well or fairly I have the responsibility of making sure that I attend to his grievance and resolve them accordingly.

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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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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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