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A Letter has been trending on the Social Media allegedly written by the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party in Mayana Ward of Gusau over the plan to discipline one of the PDP Gubernatorial aspirants in the forth coming 2023 General elections.

The Letter which is verified is verified to be genuinely written by Hon. Aliyu Hassan Gusau the PDP Secretary Mayana Ward and signed on the 6th of October 2022 has been in circulation on the social media.

In the Letter Eng. Ibrahim Shehu is accused of working against the lawful activities of the party which is contrary to the provisions of section 58(1) of the PDP Constitution 2017 as amended.

He was asked to appear before a Disciplinary Committee constituted to investigate him in person on the 6th of October 2022 between 10:00 to 11:00am.

He was also asked to come along with his party membership Card for authentication by the committee.


The Chairman of PDP Mayana ward Hamisu Muhammad confirmed to Thunder Blowers that the letter is genuinely from the leadership of the PDP in Mayana ward.

He said the party leadership has given Engr. Ibrahim Shehu from 6th to 9th of October 2022 to appear before the committee for interaction over alleged breach of section 58(1) of the PDP constitution 2017 as amended.

But he said all effort to reach Eng. Shehu or any of his political aides for him to be served has failed hence they resorted to serve him with the Letter via his WhatsApp and it has been acknowledged by him as well.

He further told this medium that for the avoidance of any conflict, the Committee on the daily basis goes to the party state Secretariat the venue scheduled for the interaction so that at anytime he appeared before the Committee he can be given the chance for the interface.


Many stakeholders believed the decisions to institute investigation against Eng. Ibrahim Shehu may be the beginning of another political gamble for the PDP.

A member of the party in Gusau Bala Aminu who was interviewed by this medium on phone said whoever is advising the PDP to be wading into crises all the time is the worst enemy of the party because what is important for the Zamfara PDP according to him is political reconciliation with all the aggrieved governorship aspirants.

“The law allowed members to head to courts where they feel the party has not done justice to them and for me going to court to seek for redress shall never be an action against the party more or less where the party feels it is not important to listen to the grievances of its aggrieved members”.

Another member of the party in Shinkafi Malam Aminu Shinkafi said what PDP required at this material time is to continue to mobilize people of goodwill for the party because PDP is not strengthening instruments of mobilization for the 2023 election.

“There are people with genuine goodwill for the PDP but the greatest challenge for the party is that the leadership is not on the ground to coordinate the mobilization of interested people into the party and instead they are busy with internal party crises. Many who wanted to join the party are becoming scared that the party is not ready to put its house into order and confront the ruling party head-on”.

He noted that in Shinkafi the ruling APC is day-in-day-out mobilizing supporters despite the fact that they have political power brokers and this is what the opposition PDP shall be doing not the ruling party.

As for Garba Muhammad Gummi, a PDP supporter, he said since the annulment of the PDP primaries, many people who have genuine good will for the party had become scared thinking the internal crises within the party if not managed well could lead to it’s crash eventually.

“world over those who contested and lost the party primaries are always contacted by the winning team and certain agreements are usually reached for possible compensation and as for Zamfara PDP we don’t see this happening instead some privileged person’s within the PDP are instigating decisions that will further disunite the party”.

He cited reference with the ruling APC in Zamfara noting that, when Abdulmalik Garba Gajam secured a nomination form, the seating Governor together with the party stakeholders took some deliberate steps to ensure that he stepped down amicably for the Governor even before reaching the stage of conducting competitive party primaries and that had helped in keeping Zamfara APC united at the leading front.


A Zamfara based lawyer who does not want to be named told this medium that, it is not just enough for the party to invite someone to appear before a disciplinary committee by citing a section of the constitution.

According to him the section 58(1) relied often to invite Ibrahim Shehu listed many offenses and in the spirit of natural justice the party need to identify in specific terms which of the offenses listed in that sections that was committed by Engr. Ibrahim Shehu noting that unless that is done he cannot be punished.

He also said the names of the composition of the committee members are not made known to Engr. Ibrahim Shehu and he need to know them and be certain of their neutrality.

He warned that if the PDP is taking the advance step to suspend Engr. Ibrahim Shehu because he is challenging the primary election conducted then they are getting it wrong because that won’t stop him from pursuing his fresh case in court.

“He was issued the party nomination form and he participated in all the two primary elections conducted so he has the locus standi to challenge the irregularities he presumed to be conducted during the conduct of the primary. Suspending him if that was the plan cannot really solve the problem of the Zamfara PDP”.

The lawyer added that “if it is true that they want to suspend Eng.Ibrahim Shehu using the rumour of Ibrahim Shehu having old membership card then they are getting it wrong because the same old membership card was used in clearing him by the PDP Screening Committee to contest so they will raise an empty argument that will make the entire action appear as laughabale”.

The lawyer advised that the best option is to come to the Negotiation Table with Engr. Ibrahim Shehu just the way  it was negotiated with Malam Wadatau Madawaki because anything short of that will further aggravate tensions within the Zamfara PDP.

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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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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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