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Revealed! How Zamfara Governor, Matawalle Bribed His Way Into APC

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Revealed! How Zamfara Governor, Matawalle Bribed His Way Into APC

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QOZEEM OPAKUNLE (ZAMFARA)

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Fresh details are coming from the inner camp of Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara State on how the Governor bribed APC stalwarts and federal level political office holders in government to decamp from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to All Progressive Congress, APC in June this year.

Our medium gathered that, these details came in a recorded telephone conversation with Hon. Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma who is one of the right hand State Assembly members of Governor Matawalle.

Hon. Kanoma was explaining to one of the Commissioners in the state why the state went broke and found it difficult to pay the October salary much less do other development projects when the information allegedly leaked.

In the conversation that took place with English and Hausa switches, Mr. Kanoma mentioned that the effort to decamp to APC cost Matawalle more than 10 billion naira which were all drawn from many shoddy contractual arrangements in the name of the State Government.

Some of the leading beneficiaries of the moneys that exchanged hand were the Ag. National Chairman of APC, Governor Mai-Mala Buni; Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami and former Zamfara State Governor Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura who played a guardian role to Governor Matawalle in the decamping process.

Kanoma also mentioned the occasion of the launching of vehicle distribution for judges in the state commissioned by the Attorney General as the entry point for getting the attention of the Minister of Justice for his share. The names of Governors, Bagudu of Kebbi State and Badaru of Jigawa all featured in the conversation with Mr. Kanoma with a tag from the share of the money. Also mentioned as beneficiaries were Femi Fani Kanyode and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Isah Pantami.

Asked how he knew about these details, Mr. Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma explained that he got the explanation when he was applying pressure on the Governor to complete the road linking his hometown of Kanoma in Maru Local Government with the highway. He said the Governor had no option but to explain to him especially when he wanted him to spearhead the false accusation of connivance with banditry to two of his colleagues in the State House who are posing a threat to the Governor. He added that the Governor wanted him to facilitate the third review of the contract of the Cargo airport in Gusau which gulps a lot of money without much progress.

It could be recalled that Governor Bello Matawalle became the Governor of Zamfara State on a platter of gold under the platform of PDP when the court cancelled all the elective posts won by APC and gave the PDP. Although he vowed never to leave the PDP, Governor Matawalle was scared by the strength of the reunion of former Governor Yari and Senator Marafa camps in February this year which made it clearly impossible for him to win election against the two powerful politicians come 2023. Afraid of the ways in which he made life difficult to some of their supporters including imprisonment of some of them, he decided to join APC from the Federal level which made the use of humongous amount of money like the one mentioned by Hon. Kanoma necessary.

Commentators on the state of affairs in Zamfara observed that the state dived deeper into state of poverty and insecurity under Matawalle whose policy of dealing with the banditry was considered faulty.

His attempt to make peace with the bandits failed woefully; just like the present attempt of locking down market and telecom services in the state does not yield any positive result with bandits operating with impunity in most parts of the state.

In the conversation, Hon. Yusuf Kanoma was much worried by how joining the APC did not seem to solve Governor Bello Matawalle’s camp with all the uncertainty of State Party congress and the action of agrieved party members from both PDP and APC against them.

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Atiku/Okowa Campaign Is Focused On The Rescue Nigeria Project

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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Our attention has been drawn to a press statement by Chief Chinemerem Madu, a NEC member of our dear party of an alleged plan by some persons both within and outside the party to conduct press conference or issue a press release, calling for the removal or resignation of the National Chairman of our great party.

Whatever the plans are, they are intended, in the statement of Chief Chinemerem, to create a distraction from the collective efforts by the party and its members to execute a rescue Nigeria project.

Our campaign council members were inaugurated today during the launching of books about our flag bearer, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar. For all intent and purposes, we are set to commence our campaigns from today (Wednesday), hence the alleged plan to destabilize the efforts.

The kickoff drew large support and participation of our members as well as willing Nigerians with renewed resolve to work towards delivering on our mandate. Make no mistake, as a party we have moved on to what is ahead of us and refused to be distracted by any unnecessary distraction or drama.

We call on our members to be aware of what lies ahead of us, the energy and enthusiasm it requires to execute with passion and precision the project that lies ahead. The promise of our ticket to the Nigerian people is quite clear and is designed to lead this country out of the doldrums.

Our members at all levels are called upon to embark on community mobilisation and engage various groups as we look to win the undecided voters.

The stakes are high; there is no sitting on the fence. As Nigerians go to the polls they would decide on their choices along the lines of superior promise on security, education, infrastructure, unity, economy etc.

Pundits, experts are of the opinion that our candidate presents the best alternative for Nigeria. Our economic blueprint is adjudged as the best by experts and professionals. We are committed to this onerous task.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and grant us a successful campaign

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2023 Presidential Campaign: Atiku Appoints Saraki, Anyim, Shekarau, Others as Special Advisers

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Ahead of the commencement of the 2023 election campaign on Wednesday, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has made key appointments of Special Advisers aimed at strengthening his presidential campaign team.

The appointees are former Senate Presidents, Dr. Bukola Saraki as Special Envoy to the presidential candidate and Senator Pius Anyim, as Special Adviser.

Also appointed as Special Advisers to the candidate are former governor of Kano State, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Senator Ehigie Uzamere.

Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus was also appointed as Technical Adviser to the presidential candidate. 

The appointments are to take immediate effect.

Atiku Abubakar charged the appointees to use their vast political experiences in ensuring that the PDP presidential campaign records resounding success in the 2023 election.

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APC should focus on its frailties

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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Reading through a disingenuous press release by the APC Presidential Campaign Council on issues pertaining to developments within the PDP comes across as a laughable work of an interloper. 

The release is disingenuous because it lacks any merit of a reasonable, intellectual riposte.  Rather, it exposes the APC and its presidential candidate as a bunch of busy bodies who, rather than focus on the burden of credibility that continues to dog their campaign, are poking their nose into minor internal issues of the PDP.

Well, since the APC Presidential Campaign Organization seems to have woken up from their state of hibernation, it is good to remind them that there are pending questions about the social and educational history of their candidate that Nigerians want answers to.

We shall be kind enough to remind the APC that when, in the next few days, campaigns begin in earnest, Nigerians will require answers to some weighty character questions about their candidate and, rather than expend precious time on what is never their business, should use the remaining few days judiciously.

Secondly, whatever is happening in the PDP is a conversation among leaders of the party and that, in itself, is a reflection of the PDP, as a living and engaging political party. The conversation in the PDP is all about consensus building, which in itself is a major ingredient for peace and unity. 

The PDP, as a truly democratic party, understands that democracy is a lively concept because it allows for people to express their opinions and, it is within that understanding that everyone becomes part of the process.

The same, of course, cannot be said of the APC where what exists is at best graveyard peace. It is on record that in the seven years and more that the APC has been in power and with the attendant hardship that the party has foisted on the ordinary people of Nigeria, the candidate of the APC, former governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu had not for one single time stood on the side of the people. 

And, that is so for the obvious reason that the presidential candidate of the APC considers his poorly conceived presidential ambition more important than the adversity that his party has unleashed on a vast majority of Nigerians. We wish to remind the APC that its presidential candidate has to own the failures of the party in the last seven plus years. He should also know that Nigerians will not reward their failure with nothing less than a resounding loss in the election.

Tinubu and the APC ma lu’le!

It is important to let Tinubu and his paid agents know that what obtains in the PDP is not the mundane stoicism that the APC is known for. 

Indeed, the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar has established credibility before the masses of this country that he is one patriot who can be counted on to stand by the side of the people – even when the times are hard.

Atiku is a democrat to the core and that is evident in the way that he continues to carry on with the responsibility of ensuring that the PDP rescues Nigeria from the stranglehold of the APC in the next year’s general election.

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