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ZAMFARA APC HEADS TO COURT AS MAI MALA BUNI SWEARS-IN NEW STATE CARETAKER COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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A group of 10 All Progressives Congress (APC) local government chairmen has filed a case before the Federal High Court, Gusau challenging their recent dissolution on June 29, by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the the Chairman of APC’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Yobe state governor, Mai-Mala Buni announced the dissolution of all the party’s leadership structure while receiving Gov. Bello Matawalle into the APC from the PDP.

The plaintiffs, Alhaji Abdulaziz Danmaliki and nine others applied to the court through D. C. Enwelum (SAN) of Bello Umar & Co., Legal Practitioners and Notary Public of Zamfara situated in Gusau, the state capital.

The case was filed against the CECPC Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni as first defendant, the All Progressives Congress (APC), second defendand and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as third defendant.

The plaintiffs sought the court to determine whether the CECPC chairman had the right to dissolve them and handover affairs of the party and whether the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can lawfully accept and deal with any other officer of the party in the state other than the plaintiffs.

They asked the court to declare as “mere oral announcement of the dissolution on the June 29, as illegal and a void act contrary to Article 14.1 (lll), (V) and (Vlll) of the party’s constitution.”

That the dissolution does not extinguish the legal rights of the plaintiffs and that the first defendant lacks the right to remove the plaintiffs who were duly appointed by the National Secretariat of the party on 8th of December, 2020.

That the June 29, announcement dissolving all executives and party structure in the state is null, void and of no effect as well as seeking the court to order the third defendant (INEC) not to accept or deal with any other state officer other than the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs also urged the court to set aside and nullify the announcement made by the first defendant dissolving the executives and handing over affairs of the party to Gov. Matawalle as the party leader and that the court should order that the appointment of the plaintiffs subsists.

They also appealed to the court to restrain the first and second defendants from disrupting their tenure of office pending the conduct of congresses at all levels and also restrain the third defendant from recognizing or dealing with other members.

The lawyers in their summons then submitted that the defendants should respond within 30 days of receipt of the summon from the July 12, without which “proceedings may be taken as the presiding judge may think just and expedient.”

NAN further reports that crises began in the APC following the June 29, defection of the state governor Bello Matawalle from the PDP to the APC during which the party’s CECPC Chairman dissolved all the state executive structures and announced the governor as the new leader of the party which did not go down well with many stakeholders.

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.

 

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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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