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ZAMFARA APC PRIMARIES: KOGUNAN MARU PETITION APPEAL C’TTEE, CHALLENGES ILLEGIBILITY OF ZANNAN BUNGUDU

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One of the APC aspirants that contested for Maru/Bungudu Federal House representative Abdulrahaman Muhammad Tumbido has filed a petition before the APC appeal committee seeking for nullification of the primary election conducted on the 27th May 2022.

In the petition, a copy which was obtained by this medium, said he wants the election nullified on the ground of illegibility of the candidate that was returned elected Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu to participate in the exercise.

According to the petition, up to the time of the conduct of the primaries 27th May 2022, Abdulmalik Zubairu was a card-carrying member of the PDP and that he was never issued with any waiver by the national headquarters of the party to contest.

He also alleged that, the primary election conducted was full of irregularities,, especially as it relates to change of list of delegates, and detection of the five delegates who are ghost but brought to the venue to cast votes.

He further alleged that, appropriate electoral guidelines were not followed during the accreditation process and accused some state government officials from hijacking the voting process from the delegates.

“At the venue of the primaries Zamfara State Commissioner for Special Duties and member of the state house of assembly for Maru North constituency were seen and captured on video hijacking ballot papers from the delegates and writing the name of Abdulmalik Bungudu against the provision of the law”.

He also alleged that the venue of the election was heavily militarized with the security aides of the Speaker and other top government appointees, and even alleged that the Speaker abandoned his own primary election simply to come and support the purported political impunity.

Kogunan Maru also alleged in his petition that, “thugs and notorious Yansakai were deployed by Abdulmalik Zubairu and his supporters to intimidate me and other aspirants including our agents and delegates. One of my agents was beating by the hired thugs”.

He also alleged that some government appointees participated as delegates in violation of the clear provision of our extant laws.

He urged the members of the appeal committee to cancel the election and order for the conduct of a fresh, free and fair election.

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ZAMFARA NUJ ELECT MAI ZARE, M.B UMAR AS NEW CHAIR & DEPUTY

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Members of Zamfara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have elected their new Chairman, who is to steer the activities of the union.

Ibrahim Musa Maizare who was the former Chairman of the Zamfara State based newspaper chapel “The Legacy” was elected alongside Haliru Muhammad Umar from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel as his Deputy.

The remaining seats of the state officers of the union were returned unopposed, except the office of the Treasurer.

The election of the new executives followed the expiration of the tenure of the current executives, led by the Publisher of the Analyzer Newspaper Mai Haraji Altine Salah.

Mai Zare who was immediately sworn into the office alongside other executives, thanked the members of the state council for having confidence in his leadership and assured that he is going to reposition things in the union for a sustainable change.

He promised to come up with innovation that will transform the union and reposition it to be more sound like before and called for continued cooperation from all the members of the union.

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I NEVER ASK GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE TO DASH ME A CAR.

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The Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara state Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has challenged those in the APC to prove whether the embattled eighteen seater bus they were making noise over was personally donated to him by Governor Matawalle or for the office of the PDP Publicity of Secretary.

Shatima who declared this during a Press Conference in Gusau on Friday said, contrary to the noise making round the public, he has never, for once, begged Governor Matawalle to dash him a car instead, the Governor personally feels he wanted to donate the car to him because of the role he played during his electioneering campaigns in 2019.

“If they wanted the car to be returned as claimed, let them tell the world how the Governor donated out the car to me through late Ibrahim Mallaha of blessed memory. The Governor gave the car to late Mallaha for onward handing over to me as personal donation, and I am certain if they met the him, he will confirm this to them.

“I am not in politics for vehicle, asked those who were with us in 2019. I used my personal Peugeot (406) to move with the Governor throughout the campaign period. I was not paid even money for fuel and the Governor knew that, and may be in his wisdom that was why he decided to dash me a vehicle I did not beg for”.

On the new security measures taken by the Governor, Shatiman Rijiya said he is sure the measures are targeted at the supporters of the PDP and because election is approaching, noting that they have every reason to entertain fear.

If the measures are initiated to get the lives of the typical Zamfara citizen better and secured, PDP will welcome the idea but noted that, under the current situation, the party and its members are not confident enough with the Governor’s pronouncement.

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SHATIMAN RIJIYA TO GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE: STOP INSULTING PDP

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The Zamfara State Secretary of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has called on Governor Bello Matawalle to desist from insulting PDP because it was the platform he used to become the Governor of Zamfara state in 2019.

Shatiman Rijiya who stated this during a Press Conference on Friday reminded Governor Bello Matawalle that, the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was bearing the name of the PDP not APC the political party he defected to.

He described as morally wrong for the Governor to be rendering insult on the party that produces him as a substantive Governor, noting that even the people who are very familiar with his political antecedent and how he emerged as the Governor of Zamfara would not be happy with him abusing his original political platform.

He added that, PDP will continue to watch things as they unfold in Zamfara and continue to raise alarm where right decisions are not taken in the overall interest of the people of the state

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