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ZAMFARA PDP IN ANOTHER POLITICAL GAMBLE

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While the party the PDP is accused of having weak political structure in Zamfara and also a leadership that is in active in confronting the political war ahead of the 2023 general elections, the power brokers within the party in the state are accused of trying to create another internal crises that is capable of consuming the remnant of its political relevance.

The recent drama of suspension of the state secretary of the party Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya for offenses yet to be declared public is no doubt the most clueless political decision any serious political movement can take few months to the general election.

More or less, an opposition political party whose chances in state like Zamfara is driven by some political destinies and certain adventures not really the popular will of the people is expected to always play safe to continue to win the sympathy of the people.

We are not writing to offer defense for whatever offense Shatiman Rijiya might have committed against his party the PDP, but we are concern about the wrong timing of the decision because the opponents like the APC would surely capitalize on the internal rancor within the PDP to attract political sympathy from the people.

The concern of many people who have political sympathy for the PDP in Zamfara is that any attempt to allow a small fraction within the party in the name of internal political crises, it will amount to the party over-riding on its chances for the 2023.

Already people believed PDP Zamfara had never been serious since when it lost the 1999 election and looking at the antecedents over the previous elections conducted, one will be able to validate the political hypothesis that Zamfara PDP has never worked toward winning election before now.

From majority opinions, Shatiman Rijiya is actually part of the problem of the PDP and may be because he has been part of the very few people who decided to remain in the party despite the impression people have that the party is always at the losing site he chose to made him self a mini king who fixed and fired at will.

I was opportune to read through charges labeled against Shatiman Rijiya in the recent suspension where he was accused of creating factions within the party, breaking the peace and unity of the party, organizing thugs to attack the party leadership, turning the party to an entrepreneurial venture and also having nothing to show as contribution to the development of the party.

For me, these are generic allegations that do not demonstrate a sign of seriousness from the part of those fighting Shatiman Rijiya because the allegation should have been specific to define the course of his actions and in-actions.

Surprisingly, however, another petition written against the party Chairman Col. Bala Mande (rtd) reached our medium where he was accused of manipulating senatorial ticket of Zamfara North for himself and also continue to run the party as its State Chairman in Zamfara.

This according to them his decision to hold dual positions is in clear violation of section (48) of the constitution of the people’s Democratic Party and people especially party supporters have been raising this type of similar concern.

In our last week analysis, we have clearly raised this issue and established case studies, and we expected the power brokers within the Zamfara PDP to be awakened and take decisive actions so that things can be fixed for the betterment of the party.

Instead, fresh crisis and conflict of interest are allowed to continue to hit the internal politics of the party and for us, that is too sad indeed because it is a clear demonstration of the simple fact that nobody cares about the prospects of the PDP in the state.

As it is and based on our findings, PDP is gradually losing grounds in Zamfara North because no one is there to promote the party and its candidates. The party Chairman who secured the ticket of the senate for himself is supposed to retire back to Zurmi and begin to coordinate the political activities of the PDP in that senatorial zone.

He instead moved in between Kaduna and Abuja and allowed himself busy playing politics of fractions that is of no value to the political journey of the PDP in the state.

Based on inquiries we have made before putting this piece, there is one single PDP office in Zurmi local government, which does have the capacity to accommodate up to (100) party supporters.

Those who wished the party well in Zurmi and environs are finding it difficult to get a political lead; hence the party structure is disintegrated. Surprisingly, even the party Chairman of PDP in Zurmi is based in Gusau the capital city, and hardly he goes to Zurmi except when there are invited political activities.

This precarious situation is similar to what is happening in Shinkafi, Kaura Namoda and Birnin Magaji and not mincing that there are powerful political forces who are from the opposition APC from the zone that are ready to invest heavily in making sure that their party has won election at all cost.

The likes of Aminu Jaji in Birnin Magaji, Sahabi Yau, Tijjani Yahaya, Lawal Abubakar Makaman Kaura, Lawal M. Liman and rest from Kaura Namoda. The likes of former Governor Mahmuda Shinkafi, Prof. Abdullah walin Shinkafi, Sani Abdullahi Wamban Shinkafi and rest in Shinkafi local government and several others from Zurmi.

Unfortunately for the PDP, the Federal lawmakers from the zone who are supposed to support the Governorship candidates have chosen to hide their faces from the electorates in Abuja pretending they want to ride on the popularity of Dr. Dauda Lawal to win election and to us, that is a dream.

So, it is time for the power brokers within the Zamfara PDP the likes OF Dr. Dauda Lawal, former minister Ikira Bilbis, Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Lawal Barau Bungudu and rest to act with the required speeds and ensure that the suspension crises that hits the PDP has been lifted so that the party elders and stakeholders can come together to address the problem internally.

This is for the interest of the party, the contestants and indeed the people whose goodwill the party is riding on for the 2023 election shall not be betrayed for simple act of negligence of the party leadership.

The party Chairman for Zamfara PDP need to decided in between party leadership and his contest for senatorial seat.

The suspension move against Shatiman Rijiya shall be lifted for now, may be after election appropriate procedures can be followed to get him dealt with accordingly I’d his alleged offenses are established.

For now, if those power brokers fighting Shatima insisted that he has to be dealt with, PDP Zamfara shall be rest assured that it is going to start a fight that may consume its good will for the 2023.

Shatima is grown up in the Zamfara PDP, and he has root-in his cabalic structure that fighting him will result in creating a big blow for the PDP and the consequences may likely affect the chances of the party in the 2023 election.

The earlier PDP power brokers in Zamfara come to the term with this fact and suspend any actions against Shatiman Rijiya or any of its party member at this stage of advance political development the better for the party because definitely Shatiman Rijiya can be crashed, but he will surely crash with plenty of casualties.

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CAMPAIGN C’TTEE CLARIFIES PHOTO OF GAMJIN GUSAU WITH FMR. ZAMFARA GOV. SEN. SANI YARIMA

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The PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara Dr. Dauda Lawal has denied the comments made by some unscrupulous political agents on the social media that his meeting with the former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima in london has some political inclination.

Gamjin Gusau who spoke through his campaign team said, he has never met with Yarima in England to discuss politics rather he and Yarima met at a Friday mosque where the wedding of the son of the former Governor was conducted.

“Gamjin Gusau met with the former Governors of Zamfara and Gombe Ahmad Sani Yarima and Danjuma Goje after a Friday prayer in London and as Muslims they waited and exchanged pleasantries”.

“Apart from exchanging pleasantries, no discussion of whatever kind politics or otherwise took place between Gamjin Gusau and former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima”.

As regard to the rumor that Dauda is planning to defect to the APC the campaign team of Gamjin Gusau said “ this type of reasoning is the least of what the common sense can accept. Gamji is a gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Zamfara , and he has no business whatsoever with the APC since his motive is to ensure that the APC is defeated out of power come 2023 in Zamfara state”.

The campaign committee, alleged that “APC is sponsoring this campaign of calumny because the power brokers within the party have lost control of the affairs of Zamfara and they are scary of the growing popularity of the PDP”.

The campaign committee therefore urged the public to disregard such political insinuation because it is a figment of imagination of the people of doom”.

Gamjin Gusau urged the teeming PDP supporters to continue to work tirelessly in ensuring the success of the PDP, noting that because Zamfara PPD is waxing stronger, APC is busy spreading lies and rumors that are meant to cause confusion in the polity.

He thanked the well-wishers for their concern and assured them of his commitment to continue to spread the good manifestation of the PDP considering it’s growing political popularity in the state.

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PDP DENIES SUSPENDING SHATIMAN RIJIYA

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The Secretary of Sabon Gari ward Alh Sani Ahmad Shatima has alleged that there was no executive committee meeting of the ward that took place which resulted to the suspension of the state secretary of the party.

According to the letter addressed to the state Chairman of the PDP dated 31/7/2022 copy which was issued to this medium, the Secretary asked the party to dis-regard such letter because it was a mere figment of imagination.

“Such forged letter that was viral on social media on 30/07/2022 should be disregarded in totality and appropriate measure should be taken to deal with such unscrupulous elements that were sponsored by opposition to tear our noble party apart”.

He also asked the Chairman to past track action aimed at arresting the situation and get the matter resolved amicably in the interest of the party.

He insisted that what the party PDP needed is to move in unity and ensure that it has succeeded in the battle ahead of the 2023.

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ZAMFARA FMR. DEP. GOV MUKHTAR ANKA CAUTIONS OVER APC LEADERSHIP CRISES

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The former Director General in the administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Zamfara state Junaidu Muhammad Anka had cautioned the former Deputy Governor Mukhtar Ahmad Anka not allow some desperate politicians to use him and ignite crises of division within the All Progressive Congress in Anka.

Junaidu Anka who spoke during a Thunder Blowers TV show Da Wache Kazo insisted that those trying to raise this unnecessary controversy over who lead the APC in Anka is uncalled-for since the tradition of political hierarchy is obvious.

“By convention Sen. Lawal Daniya is the high-ranking politician and by implication he is the party leader in Anka and there is no reason for anyone to doubt this submission “.

“Those trying to use Mukhtar Anka as tools to ignite political tension within APC in Anka are real enemies of the party because there is no reason why this issue shall be risen for now”.

“Even where Sen. Daniya decided to resign from this status by convention member state house of assembly Yusuf Muhammad Anka is supposed to shoo-in as the APC leader in Anka so I don’t understand why some people are trying to drag the former Deputy Governor into unnecessary political log-jam”.

“The former Deputy Governor is supposed to understand that, by his status he is more or less like a father, and he is supposed to pay more attention to state politics not politics of Anka local government because he is bigger than it and I pray he shall see reasons not to allow some clueless politicians to smear his political reputation for their selfish political gains”.

“If they insisted on this argument that Mukhtar Anka is the APC leader in Anka we will also raise alarm that our leader is Ibrahim Babangida Turnuku Anka because it was he who was leading us before the reconciliation“.

 

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