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The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party in Zamfara state Col. Bala Mande (rtd) has accused the ruling APC government of Bello Matawalle of using threat of arrest to persecute and intimidate the principal officers of the party in the state.

Col. Mande who declared this during a Press Conference on Wednesday said, his Vice Chairman Prof. Jabaka is under threat of being arrested simply for speaking the truth about how government is being run by the APC in the state.

He alleged that they have information that the state government has secured arrest warrant against the Professor and that he is being sought for like animal in the forest.

Col. Mande said Jabaka in one of the press conference accused the Governor of living the state with imminent security crises and went to Niger to attend annual wrestling noting that, this fact has now caused him a big threat to his life

He also said another offense of Prof. Jabaka was raising alarm that, the Governor has been allocated the sum of (N31b) as cash allocation/security vote and the government took offensive of that fact revealed by the Professor Jabaka and decided to go after him.

Col. Mande added “there cannot be democracy without opposition voicing out because the people cannot voice out, so they have to look for the opposition to voice out the wrong of the government, and it is not to ridicule anybody but to make the government do the right thing”

“the opposition says where the government is wrong to enable it do what is necessary for the people of the state”.

While expressing concern for the step taken to allegedly molest the members of the opposition Col. Mande said “our principal officers are being sought for the way hunters are searching for the animals just for telling the government to do what is necessary”.

Mande added “if the government wanted us to be silent it should do the right thing”.

Col. Bala Mande called on the relevant security agencies to observe things as they unfold in Zamfara saying, democracy is under threat in Zamfara state.

While characterizing the development in Zamfara as sad, Mande said, the tragedy has been extended to the media especially by citing references to the recent attacks on the corporate head office of Thunder Blowers for what he described as “identifying with the opposition and given them opportunity to voice out”.

But in a swift reaction to the allegations raised by the PDP State Chairman, the Spokesperson of the APC Matawalle faction, Mal. Yusuf Idris said, the recent noise by the Zamfara PDP is just a demonstration of their “sacred guilt” noting that, leadership of Zamfara PDP recently has been making blanket accusations which to their consent they knew they cannot prove.

He said, that is why they are making mockery of themselves thinking they would be called to defend themselves against the baseless allegations against Matawalle government and APC as a party.

He said Governor Matawalle or his party APC has nothing to do with the allegations of getting someone arrested in PDP as alleged by Col. Mande but noted that security agencies would surely do what is necessary to prevent the outbreak of law and order.

He asked PDP to always make sure that they have crossed-checked their facts before going to the press to castigate the Governor and his government noting that, any allegation raised against the Governor or his government henceforth must be substantiated by the alleged.

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A Zamfara federal house of representatives aspirant Abdulmalik Bungudu Zannan Bungudu has attended an interface with the Bungudu local government council chairman and other APC stakeholders aimed at strategizing ways to strengthen the ongoing reconciliation.

The meeting which was summoned by the Council Chairman Muhammad Maitutare emphasized on the need for the APC supporters from both side of the divide in Zamfara to accept the reconciliation in the spirit of unity and progress.

He said accepting the consensus candidate anointed by the Governor is the only answer to showing solidarity to the decision of the Governor.

The aspirant who was a former federal lawmaker Abdulmakik Zubairu thanked the council chairman and all the stakeholders for the support and assured them his commitment to ensuring that the party succeeded.

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It was a moment of jubilation for the supporters of Dr. Dauda Lawal Gamjin Gusau one of the aspirants eying for the seat of the Governor of Zamfara state under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He has conducted one of the best state of the earth rally with thousands of supporters across the divides driving with happiness to welcome him at Yankara, Zamfara state border town with Katsina.

His arrival to Zamfara on Sunday marked the beginning of a new dawn for the opposition People’s Democratic Party in Zamfara state, as the journey of 45-50 minutes took him over eight hours to finish.

He was stopped by thousands of supporters at the entry of every village and town along Zaria-Gusau highway to wish him well and prayed for God almighty to bless his gubernatorial candidature.

Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare who was looking visibly emotional and delighted with the mammoth crowd that came on the streets to welcome him said he is optimistic and confident that his gubernatorial candidature will surely triumph in 2023.

He expressed hope that the journey from 2023 will raise the hope of Zamfara people since his inspiration is to transform Zamfara state in the area of infrastructures, education, quality health care system, job creation, widening opportunities in small and medium enterprises as well as sustainable reforms beyond his period as Governor.

A young, agile Ibrahim Garba who trekked from Yankara to Gusau said he has high hope for the gubernatorial candidature of Dauda Lawal considering his track record while in the banking sector and his admiration to transforming humanity.

He said whenever he listened to perspective from Dauda Lawal he renewed his hope for the new Zamfara state because of his careful understanding of the governance crises rocking the state and his vision of how he want to create new opportunities for Zamfara state.

Another young woman Fatima who stood for hours at Gusau Hotel round about to welcome Dr. Dauda said many people she interacted with have raised new hope in the aspiration of Dauda Lawal which is ringing bell. She said the quality in everything done by Dr, Dauda will surely manifest in his administration if elected.

Another Youth Corp member Chineze Thomas said, he has heard about the competency of Dr. Dauda Lawal from many people who worked with him in the banking sector and the conclusion about him was that “he is the best for the Zamfara gubernatorial projects and prayed for God almighty to see him through the routes of success in 2023.

As for his chances in the PDP, Alh Tanuimu Garba a secondary school teacher in Tsafe said, with people like Dr. Dauda Lawal in the party, PDP has become a new hope for Zamfara people.



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Twelve Zamfara aspirants contesting for the post of federal house of representative are gearing up for the APC primaries scheduled for Thursday the 26th of May 2021

Those who are likely to secure the ticket unopposed are Ahmad Usman Gummi for Gummi/Bukkuyum, Umar Sarkin Fada Zurmi/Shinkafi, Muhammad Ahmed Sani Bakura/Maradun and Isah Muhammad Anka for Anka and Bukkuyum Federal Constituency.

As for Maru/Bungudu, five aspirants are to contest the ticket on Thursday and they include Dr. Bashir Muhammad Maru, Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu, Sufiyanu Usman, Abdulrahaman Tumbido and Aliyu Sulaiman Dansadau.

As for Gusau and Tsafe federal constituency, Sanusi Garba Rikiji and Fatima Mu’azu are to contest the ticket at the level of party primaries.

All aspirants, especially those for Maru and Bungudu are gearing up and meeting with the delegates to canvass for votes ahead of the date scheduled for the party primaries.

None of the aspirants who contesting at the level of primaries from Gusau/Tsafe and Maru/Bungudu constituencies has so far step down from the race.

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