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A recent interview in Zamfara Radio with Sen. Kabiru Garba Marafa on Governor Matawalle’s one year anniversary is not only a reflection of the bitter side of the picture of the government but a reality that only a good partner who really means well  can be bold enough to voice out without mincing what the consequences will look like.
I know for the organiser, Zamfara Radio, may have thought if it contacted Senator Marafa, he will be blowing lies, possibly  to please spiritual psycopancy in the eyes of the Governor. 
But as funny as Sen. Marafa he put it back to them by telling them what ordinarily they did not expect to hear from his mouth and as God wants, it was a live programme they could not disconnect the controversial Senator.
The Anchor was too relaxed because he was trapped in between reality and eye service. From the video clip, one will know that, the anchor was regretting the moderation of the interview. 

Now back to the main issue, Marafa pointedly informed the Governor to be wary of those hidden forces that have likely ganged up against him and his reasons are they always block the Governor from hearing and seeing the truth. They always point at the positive side of his government and even narrate what has not actually happened to the hearing of the public . 
And he challenged the Governor of taking some decisions that are considered not viable and useful to the people for now. 
He also talked about genuine implementation of Shariah legal system especially the state government decision to be silent on the issue of discovery of ritual homes, and Ramadan feeding. He also challenged the Governor on his unending reception of political defectors to the ruling PDP. 
It’s our humble opinion that, Senator Marafa had spoken about our inner heart picture because, in the past one year, these are the issues we have been raising concerns on. 
This government even from our editorial of last week where we raised alarm that, things are not done corporately and there are a lot of projects that are executed out of the 2020 budgetary appropriation. 
We have also raised concerns on lack of coordination in terms of political appointments and high level of policy inconsistencies. 
To buttress this argument, if one listened to the Governor’s pledges during Sallah homage on the Emir of Maradun, one will keep wondering if at all we have a sense of direction as a people. The construction of 147 hospitals, 2.7 billion naira completion of Shinkafi referal hospital, construction of 14 WC Hospitals to mention but a few, these are projects that one needs to know at what level they were conceived after the 2020 budget was passed and approved and what steps the government is taking to absorb them in the same 2020 appropriation law of the state because for now, they cannot be executed because they are not appropriated. 
Even the Ramadan feeding where conflicting figures of 2.9 and 1.2 billion naira were alleged to have been spent, we doubt if the money for that programme has been appropriated in the 2020 budget and these are deliberate corporate errors every serious leader needs to avoid. 
Our concern always is that, you cannot run a government without a strategic plan and the essence of annual appropriation  law is to enable you as a leader/government to carefully capture all your plans and tie them to your resources. Government cannot be conceiving ideas midway in to the annual journey and begin to smuggle them into the system and fund them through the state appropriated resources. 
Zamfara State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning needs to make available, copies of the approved 2020 budget to all the MDAs for them to know what has been appropriated for them and apply for execution. 
The Finance Commissioner should be extra ordinarily careful in releasing money for the execution of unappropriated projects because it will run him into trouble even after he leaves office (God forbid) . This is the naked truth. The commissioner should learn to caution the government to do things appropriately, I think that is the essence of being the Chief Financial Adviser to the Governor. 
All projects are good but they should be done and executed in more appropriate manners in such a way that, things do not backfire. 

As for the state lawmakers, the whole burden of the corporate errors in this government lies on them because their number one duty is to ensure checks and balances. They are to approve everything which is to be done by the executive arm and make sure that, a single naira is not spent by any part of the executive without their approval. 
But because of same psycopancy which Marafa referred to, they have unceremoniously surrendered their political powers to the executive arm and this is doing more harm than good to the system. 
So, the celebration of one year anniversary should serve as a good step for the Matawalle government to reposition things and do things the way they are supposed to be done. 
Like Senator Marafa said, government should be ready to hear the other part of the narrative because there must be people that are ready and willing to say the truth not because they have a personal hate against the government or anybody within it but for the purpose of getting things right. 
Some wonder why some people always look after the negative side of the leaders. The right answer is because the leaders usually enforce unpopular decisions on the people. If the government for instance, formulates its annual budget in consultation with the people and gets it executed, why would there be criticisms from same people?. 
But in a situation where a government acted against the popular wishes of the people and goes ahead to execute projects to its satisfaction rather than the satisfaction of the people, then what do you expect?, reactions offcourse. 
Governance is for the imporvement of the living standard of the people and every serious government should not act against the wishes of its people. 
On the final note, we want to ride on to the position of Sen. Kabiru Marafa that, government should not see anybody criticising its policies as its enemy. We criticise  because we want to see improvement, we critisize because we want to see us moving from old to the new position. We just have to grow a system that is citizens’ driven. 
It’s our hope that, Zamfara State government will see our constant talks on issues as a wake up call to doing things rightly for the betterment of everyone.

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One of the spokespersons of PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Zamfara Zaharadeen Bello Imam has refuted the rumor making round the public that, his principal Dauda Lawal has stepped down from the Zamfara state gubernatorial race.

Mr Bello who spoke exclusively to the Managing Editor of Thunder Blowers Multimedia Services on Sunday said, his principal Gamjin Gusau is fully on the race and is making all arrangements possible to face the ruling APC if he eventually secured the PDP ticket.

“We are appealing to the teeming support of Gamjin Gusau to disregard such mischievous information, hence Dauda Lawal is fully in the race” the statement added.

He thanked the entire people of Zamfara for their overwhelming support and goodwill to his principal.

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(Thunder Blowers Multimedia Services)



Maru/Bungudu is one of the federal legislative constituencies in Zamfara which is going to be keenly contested under the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

While some of the aspirants are joining the race on their own, others are hiding under the influence of their political godfathers to get the ticket at the level of the party primaries.

Though the Governor through the consensus arrangements has sacrificed the seat to the Yari faction of the APC which eventually it was handed down to Abdul-Malik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu, some other aspirants went either on the own to obtained the nomination forms at the party Secretariat in Abuja while others took the decision of obtaining the nomination forms through the influence of some other power brokers within the APC.

As at now, four aspirants are contesting the ticket of Maru/Bungudu at the level of party primaries which will be based on direct, indirect or consensus mode.


He served as the lawmaker representing the constituency between 2015-2019 and worn the seat for the second term during the 2019 election before the victory was aborted by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He is a strong loyalist of former Governor Abdulazeez Yari and has remained with him since the political coincidence of the 2019.

He initially he intended to defect to the PDP after Yari lost his bid to emerge as the National Chairman of the ruling APC but the recent reconciliation which favoured his political camp influenced his change of decision.

He is no doubt one of the strongest politicians in the Zamfara Central Senatorial zone, especially with his existing political structure, which he used in winning the 2015 and 2019 election under the same APC.

He now enjoys the good-will of his political master Abdulazeez Yari couple with the existing state structure led by Matawalle which are some of his baseline factors that may place him above other contenders in the primaries.

But there are those with the opinion that even without the support and good will of his political leader and support of the state structure of the party, he has the skills and political experience of manipulating his way to secure the ticket of the party going by the political precedence that characterized his emergence in 2015.


Abdulrahaman Tumbido was formally a legislative aide to the former Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima and he has gathered his Political experience from Yariman Bakura school of thought.

Before they parted away in 2022, Kogunan Maru has been one of the political pillars of the Gamjin Gusau political structure.

He is believed to be enjoying the goodwill of the former civilian Governor Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura whom many believed will use his political experience to manipulate the party ticket for him.

He has expressed interest to contest for the same legislative seat in 2019 but could not make it.

He said his number one areas of interest if he succeeded in securing the ticket and winning the legislative seat is to empower the youths, support the government to end insecurity and also create job opportunities through agriculture and small and medium enterprises.


Sufiyanu Usman Dan-Mai Sallah is a certified National Accountant with multiple years of experience as an accountant working with the Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto and later Ahmad Bello University Zaria.

He has worked as an Accountant at Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto for eight years and later moved to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria as Financial Officer at Center for Energy Research and Training up to 2021.

He is currently a Technical Assistant to the Executive Chairman, Zamfara State Board of Internal Revenue and also an active member of the All Progressive Congress.

His move to contest for the position of member, federal house of representative for Maru and Bungudu is borne out of the pressure from the youth (his main constituency) and other concern citizens.

As at now, he has no political godfather which is known to the public, and from the look of things, he is riding on the good-will of the people of his constituency especially to secure the ticket of his party.

Many believed his academic credentials and years of experience in public service as holder of HND in Accounting, BSc in Accounting and Master’s Degree in Accounting is good enough to define his deserving competency to serve as representative of the people.

He is also a member of professional bodies including (ANAN), Association of Chartered Taxation Institute (ACTI) and also a member Certified Financial Analysis.


Dr. Bashir Maru is currently a Special Adviser to Zamfara state Governor and also Executive Chairman Zamfara State Hospital Management Board (a man with double portfolios) as he is fondly called.

Before his recent appointment, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Zamfara State Governor between 2020 up to the middle of 2021.

He is a known comrade with years of experience as Student Union Activist who rose through the ladder to become a factional NANS President.

He worked in the various youth committees that struggled in ensuring the election and re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari under the auspices of the All Progressive Congress.

He is a trained medical doctor with years of experience and also worked with many civil society organizations.

Furthermore, he succeeded in bringing a lot of reforms that led to the liberation of the youths in the Northern Nigeria especially in the areas of education and health.

As of now, Bashir Maru has no political godfather who is sponsoring his aspiration but like he used to say, he’s riding on the good-will of the people to get his party ticket and expressed optimism that he will get the ticket through the party primaries.


The main concern regarding the APC candidature for Maru/Bungudu Federal constituency is how to get the conflict of interest among the contenders resolved.

As at now, nobody is certain of what may likely happen because the four contenders are showing no readiness to step down their interest.

The anointed candidate of the Governor who emerged through the consensus process Zannan Bungudu for instance is not too sure as to either if he can rely solidly on the good-will of the Governor and indeed the party (APC) to get the ticket if at all he has to face the three other contenders at the primaries.

He may not be sure again if the Governor can get him the control of the party delegates if at all indirect mode of primaries is approved for Zamfara state. And where direct mode of party primaries is approved, there are too many questions that begs for answer as it relates to chances of Zannan Bungudu.

And what many people cannot understand for now is whether there is an ongoing reconciliation effort championed by the Governor to get the three other aspirants to step-down for Zannan Bungudu and if that is not enforce it means Zannan Bungudu need to wake up and work his ways before it is too late.

As for those who understand the political strategies of Sen. Yarima very well, they knew Tumnido candidature can be a big threat to all the aspirants unless if he has stepped down before the conduct of the party primaries.

As for Bashir Maru and Sufiyanu Usman Dan Mai Sallah if the direct mode of primaries is approved for Zamfara state anyone of them can take advantage of the citizen’s popularity to hit at the nail on the head

May Allah make the race beneficial to the people of the constituency.

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A gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressive Congress in Zamfara Abdulmalik Garba Gajam has called on the National headquarters of the APC to allow for adoption of direct mode of primaries in Zamfara state.

Gajam who spoke exclusively to the Managing Editor of Thunder Blowers in Abuja on Wednesday insisted that, direct primaries is the only option that allows the citizens to select the best candidate for the Zamfara gubernatorial project in 2023 under the platform of the APC.

He reminded the APC National headquarters that since direct primaries were adopted in Zamfara in 2018 the same mode of primaries should be adopted in the overall interest of giving Zamfara citizens the deserving chance to vote for the right candidate.

“ we have absolute confidence in the President Muhammad Buhari as honest and trustworthy person and also have confidence in the ability of Abdullahi Adamu the national chairman of our great party to do justice to the people of Zamfara. All we are saying is approve direct primaries for people of Zamfara to decide their next Governor in 2023 and anything short of that it’s not justice”.

“I have confidence that, if direct primaries is approved for Zamfara I will defeat Governor Bello Matawalle hands down because people of Zamfara would vote for competency, they would vote for capacity, and they would vote for young agile man who has a blueprint to transform the state”.

“All we are saying is, the Governor should allow his projects to speak for him, he should allow for the government house renovation and construction of airport to buy him the confidence of the people who will conduct the primary election and this is what we called democracy”.

On what plan he has in the event direct primaries has not been approved for Zamfara, the politician said he has a vibrant strategy he intended to use and win the heart of the delegates which he said, he will not disclose to the media but insisted that, he has the confidence that the national headquarters of the party (APC) will approve direct mode of primary election for Zamfara state.

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