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By Yusuf Idris Gusau

It has been weeks of crises of confidence among principal officers and indeed supporters of the People’s Democratic Party since the defection of Bello Matawalle out of the party mid last year.

The exit of the Governor is no doubt a big blow to the PDP because people of Zamfara do not see anything good about the PDP and most especially that the governor moved with all the party structure and the machinery including national and state Assembly members which emptied and made the PDP more weaker or distoyed and completely ineffective in terms of politicking in Zamfara state

It was Matawalle in 2019, that injected life back into the PDP when his political destiny bounced back on the party after the Supreme Court verdict with INEC declaring him the validly and duly elected executive Governor of Zamfara state.

Being a good democrat, he tried to manage the weakness of the PDP and tried to sell the party out to the majority of the populace of Zamfara through his leadership qualities of inclusiveness and development strive which changed the long history of the party to a more prosperous one but as soon as he withdrew his membership from the it, things immediately fell apart, because all the people who were in the PDP said Matawalle was their party not the PDP and anywhere he moved they move along with him which didn’t augour well with the current leadership of the party in the state

Without prejudice to the tenets of democracy and rule of law, the Governor allowed PDP to move ahead without tempering with any of its democratic rights to expression and that of association.

It is on record that few days after the defection of the Governor, it was the Deputy, Mahadi Aliyu Gusau that first broke away the rule by embarking on an illegal political rally at that very material time when the majority of Zamfara people were mourning the attack by bandits on the people of Faru in the Governor’s hometown of Maradun.

Despite the warning by the Police Commissioner, the deputy moved freely into the capital city and rendered as much of slanderous utterances as possible on the personality of the state Governor.

As if that was not enough, the Deputy Governor sued the state Assembly members over unverified allegations that he was to be impeached, and the lawmakers took the path of their political mentor, Muhammad Bello Matawalle and ignored his childish political behavior.

The Deputy Governor also absconded from office since June 2021 and continued to collect salary of the job he has not done including his entitlements and luxury of his official vehicles and security personnel all at the expense of the state government treasury while the Governor never complained or cried out for once.

Very recently, people of Zamfara are living witnesses to the manners at which PDP executives are making moves to heat up the polity in the state by constantly organizing kangaroo press conferences to castigate the Governor and his government, most, especially the recent claims by the PDP Vice Chairman of the state, Prof. Kabiru Jabaka when he declared that the Governor collected a total of over N31 billion naira as cash allocation/security vote.

Jabaka knew the danger of his pronouncement which by implication he knew very well he would be summoned by either security agencies or anti-graft commissions to elaborate the sources of his information, so he became scared after the video footage went viral.

Same Jabaka also claimed that the Governor cashed out over N100M from the state coffers and dashed out to wrestlers at an event in Niger Republic. Such unverified statements coming from someone who claimed to be a Professor are not only careless but speak volumes of the integrity and the personality of Jabaka and definitely security agencies must look for Jabaka to give details of how the transaction of the same N100M was perfected from the account of the state government to the wrestlers in Niger.

Again he mentioned at his press conference that over 50 persons were killed within the period of three days in Zamfara and to his mockery, he did not realize that he had a duty to give detailed breakdown of villages attacked and number of casualties recorded.

Maybe, he had later realized the implications of his pronouncement to the security situation of the state, so he became guilty and scared to his bones and decided to vamoose.

We can go on and on to highlight the psyco-emotional crimes of the leadership of Zamfara PDP and why they have to be scared invariably. But certainly their guilt must be catching with the track of honesty just to clear the mindset of the people.

As for Col. Bala Mande, their state Chairman claiming that we are threatening the principal officers of their party, to us, it’s a clear demonstration of the extent of the guilt which must make them scared.

First of all, is it the Governor or the APC that is in charge of signing or executing the court warrant? I think to every rationale human being, the answer would be capital “No”.

We have already asked them to direct their fear to the security agencies, whose sole responsibility is to ensure that allegations raised against any person are investigated and ascertained to prevent the break down of law and order in the state.

If PDP in Zamfara is sincere, why the cryout? Let Professor Jabaka or anyone else in the PDP be bold enough to answer the invitation of the security agencies if at all there is any and also get things clarified, that is all.

But coming to the media making mockery of the people when you are already a guilty person does not hold water, and it is a clear position of the law that “he who alleges must prove”.

As for Shatiman Rijiya, I have listened to his recent radio interview, and it made many people laugh because he has forgotten the fact that the era of people listening to people like him who are attention seekers is gone.

Let Shatiman Rijiya and anyone in the PDP know that, nobody shall henceforth come to the media and make blanket allegation against the personality of the Governor or the government and go scot-free.

Zamfara is a state governed by law, and the law must take its precedence over falsehood.

Idris is the Zamfara State APC Publicity Secretary

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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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