Buhari presents APC flags to Ayade, Matawalle

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday received the Governors of Cross River and Zamfara States, Ben Ayade and Bello Matawalle, respectively, who recently left the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress, (APC), congratulating them for having the courage to leave their “constituencies”. The APC new entrants were accompanied to the event by the Chairman Caretaker Committee of the Party and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, who is Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, and Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, of Jigawa State. According to a…

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Zamfara: “I’ve no regret dialoguing with bandits” – Matawalle

Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle has said that negotiations are on-going with the son of a slain bandits’ leader, Buharin-Daji, and top leader bandits in Zamfara forest and they will soon lay down their arms. The governor said this when he received a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, at the Government House, Gusau. Gumi has earlier met with bandits’ leaders to persuade them to embrace peace. Matawalle said the bandit’s decision to lay down his arms would be a turning point in the quest to bring back peace to…

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“To say I sponsor bandits insulting”, Zamfara Gov. tells APC

Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, says he finds it insulting for the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) to accuse him of sponsoring bandits in his State. The Zamfara State governor, who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP),  in 2019, said the State was “a colony of banditry in the whole world” during the APC administration of his predecessor, AbdulAzeez Yari. Matawalle, however, claimed that though insecurity has not totally been eliminated in Zamfara but terror attacks have drastically reduced in the state since he came…

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Zamfara: Matawalle mulls leaving PDP

Says he’s having a very bad experience in the party  Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), is becoming hostile for its members, lamenting over his recent experience with his governor colleagues from the South-South geo-political zone.  Matawalle, who made the lamentation in a statement issued yesterday by his media aide, Zailani Bappa, commended Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, “for his bold decision” to leave the party.  According to the governor, the extent of bad blood in the PDP is partly responsible for Umahi’s…

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Zamfara: 5 killed as bandits attack mosque, kidnap Imam, 30 others

As Matawalle secures unconditional release of 11 kidnap victims  Suspected gunmen on Friday killed 5 worshippers and abducted an Imam in Juma’ah mosque in Dutsen-Gari community of Kanoma District of Maru local government area in Zamfara State. It was learnt that the gunmen arrived at the village on motorbikes when the Imam was delivering the sermon and they opened fire on the congregants.  According to some residents in the area, the bandits abducted the Imam and more than 30 others and dashed into the bush on motorbikes. They said a…

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N107bn stolen under Yari, says Matawalle

Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle has endorsed a 5-man commission of inquiry to probe alleged misappropriation of over N107 billion leveled against the immediate past administration of former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar. A statement issued by Governor Matawalle’s spokesperson, Zailani Bappah, said the figure is “total sum of money discovered to have been misappropriated between 2011 and 2019.” The decision to set up the commission was reached on Wednesday at a state executive council meeting and made public by the state’s deputy governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau. “This is partly fallout…

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