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The Zamfara State leadership of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) has affirmed that the party’s first primary election for Gusau/Tsafe federal constituency which produced Malam Mayana as valid in the eyes of law.

The state organizing secretary of the party, Hon. Ibrahim Haruna popularly known as Babangida Damba said the claim by one Ahmad Mande, Sarkin Sudan of Tsafe who is parading himself as the party’s candidate for the seat as false as all letters said to have signed by the National Youths Leader were forged by the claimant.

According to him, Maisudan in his desperation connived with one of the national leaders of the party to perfect forgery of some documents in the name of securing nomination ticket of the party for Gusau/Tsafe federal constituency through the conduct of a fake primary elections.

The Organizing Secretary who featured on Thunder Blowers Special TV show Da-wache-kazo on Monday, explained that as per as the party and INEC were concern the letters being circulated by Maisudan were fake as there was no time the earlier primary election was cancelled and as such the winner Malam Mayana stands.

He stressed that, the documents tendered to Thunder Blowers by one of the committee members Hon. Tukur Magami to validate the conduct of the second primary election was a deliberate attempt to cause confusion in the party.

The documents tendered to your media organization which show that the first primary election conducted by party which produced Malam Yahaya Mayana as the substantive candidate for Gusau and Tsafe federal house of representatives have been forged to perfect a suspicious plan which we are going to challenged”.

According to him, the signatures and stamps placed on the documents are forged one because the signature is not that of the state party chairman and likewise his office stamp. The State Chairman is going to challenge the originality of those documents and he will take the matter to the national headquarters of the party.

Hon. Haruna Ibrahim further said, “the usual channel of communication in the party should be on the letter headed paper from the office of National Secretary and we have never for once received official communication on the letter headed paper of the national youth leader”.

He insisted that, as per as the party was concern at all levels of the party, Malam Yahaya Mayana was recognized as the legitimate candidate for the ticket of Gusau/Tsafe Federal Constituency and the second primary election allegedly conducted in the name of the party was not recognized in the eyes of law.

He called on the national headquarters of the party to investigate through this forgery issue and assess how it was perfected and brought the culprits to justice before they succeeded in destroying the hard-earned reputation of the party.

There has been growing concern as to the rumour making round the public that the state government led by Bello Matawalle has ordered for the auction of the Talatar Mafara Water Board to his biological younger brother.

According to a source, the water borad Mafara is a legacy project set-up by the old Sokoto State since 1976 and it has been the major source of water to the people of Talatar-Mafara for years.

Before the end of the administration of former Governor Yari in 209 has taken the bold step of reviving the old system of the water project by awarding a contract of about N400M for the linking of the Bokolori Dam to the central water system managed by the board.

The source, added that under the administration of Yatri, the Mellenium Development Goal Office in Zamfara led by Alh Sani Mono Mafara has invested the sum of N300M to provide additional water and facilities to enhance the operation of the Talatar Mafara Water Board.

“The water tank constructed by the MDG office has been supporting many areas in Talatar-Mafara and has been functioning from 2015-up to 2020 before it developed some fault and the government was unable to get it fixed

Surprisingly news went viral that the water board and all its facilities have been auctioned to the biological younger brother of the Governor of Zamfara State Mr. Aminu Dan-Maliki.

Our source added that, the alleged Danmaliki has already instructed his engineers to start dismantling some historic water tanks within Mafara a circumstance that called for their anger to cry out to the public for intervention.

They lamented that, it will be too bad for the government of Matawalle to resort to abusing this historic opportunity of dismantling a legacy project which has been beneficial to the people for over (46) years.

A source said “what we expected the government to do is to compliment the effort of the former government of Abdulaziz Yari by taking the upgraded water project instead of destroying the intention of the former Governor which many described as a welcome development”News

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Former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi and Ahmad Rufai Sani were among the prominent APC politicians that are to head the gubernatorial campaign council for the second term bid of Governor Bello Matawalle.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Tijjani Yahaya Kaura and former Finance Minister Ambassador Bashir Yuguda are among the leaders of Zamfara APC gubernatorial campaign council.

The campaign council also has many former and serving senators, members of the Federal House of Representatives as well as serving and former ambassadors.

Abdulaziz Yari who is the Chairman of the Campaign Council has formally issued appointment letters to the hundreds of APC power brokers that are to work at the various campaign committees and subcommittees.

He charged the members of the campaign council to work harder and justify the confidence reposed on them by making sure that the Governor and indeed all the APC candidates are returned elected in the forthcoming 2023 election.

He also warned politicians and party supporters to shun political thuggery and conduct a campaign that violent free.
He further said his committee would not allow anybody to carry any kind of weapons except the security agencies that are mandated to do so.

He assured that the campaign council would conduct a hitch free campaign devoid of any thuggery activities.

Abdul Aziz Abubakar Yari appeals to the people of Zamfara state to ensure that APC candidates are massively given all the necessary votes to win election in 2023 general election.

He further charged the council members to redouble their efforts as the committee would work for the success of the party in the state.

He called on the other political parties in the state to emulate his committee by not allowing anybody, particularly the youth to carry dangerous weapons during their political campaign and charge security agencies not to spare anyone caught carrying weapons during the campaigns of the political parties in the state.

Also speaking during the occasion the director general of the campaign council who was a former Minister and Senator Alhaji Tijjani Yahaya kaura Namoda charge members to be vigilant and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibility as they have chosen based on merit; therefore they must lead APC to victory.

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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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