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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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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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