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Petition against Yari, others: Former lawmaker tackles Wamban Shinkafi

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Former Federal lawmaker and a Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara,  Abdul Malik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has described the recent petition filed against Zamfara former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar and other APC members by Sani Abdullahi Wamban Shinkafi as mischievous and deliberate attempt to continue to fool Governor Bello Matawalle.

Bungudu described as laughable that Shinkafi who called the sitting Governor names during the 2015 general elections is now coming to the public to tell the other side of the story about Matawalle simply because he has turned his political attitude into a money making venture.

“Same Shinkafi went public to call Governor Matawalle a “thief” via video that went viral during 2015 campaign, accusing him of diverting funds meant for procurement of weapons, he has now turned around telling a different story about Matawalle and insulting others just to please the Governor over what he has done to him in the past”.

“In that same viral video, Wambai threatened to drag EFCC to court if it failed to probe Governor Matawalle for corruption, and yet he has turned his venom against Yari the former Governor”.

“Same Shinkafi accused Matawalle of not having genuine SSCE result when he embarrassed the Governor before the whole world, yet Matawalle is romancing with him”

“Unless he is able to tell the general public what has changed over his description of Matawalle as a “thief” in the another viral video, nobody would take him serious”.

“Governor Matawalle should be extra careful about Shinkafi because he would continue to hit him hard with political hammer after he leaves office”.
He described his style of politics as his own way of making money by insulting and reigning abusive words, raising baseless allegations against personalities who were in power.

“Everybody knows that Shinkafi is against the former Governor because he had refused to open the state treasury for him. It is his political strategy to always allow himself to be used as a political stooge in blackmailing prominent sons of Zamfara State but former Governor Yari chose not to go that way.
He explained that, Shinkafi picked offense and therefore continued with the blackmail of Abdulazeez Yari left, right and center.

“He has been making baseless allegations mentioning figures that common sense cannot reason. This is the same person who accused former Governor Yari of mismanaging 900 billion naira in eight years. How much has Zamfara State collected from federation account and other sources all together?” Zanna asked.

“Recall that he had addressed a Press Conference where he accused some APC members of attempting to induce bandits with 57 million naira in order to prevent them from releasing Jangebe abducted girls but when asked by the state chairman of the APC Lawal Liman on channels TV to prove his allegations by mentioning names, he became embarrassed and started beating about the bush” Zanna added.

He described Shinkafi as politically incapacitated with no relevance after the return to politics in 1999.
“Shinkafi has never won his polling unit and APGA, the party platform he has been contesting election on has never won a polling unit in Zamfara state.
He challenged Shinkafi to prove him wrong.

To butress his argument, Zanna added that in the just concluded bye election in Bakura, APGA scored a total of 26 votes noting that if not Matawallen Maradun, who would take Shinkafi as a serious politician?

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APC’s advocates forum backs Akpabio as ‘natural leader’ in Akwa Ibom

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APC’s advocates forum backs Akpabio as ‘natural leader’ in Akwa Ibom

A progressive forum of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) known as APC Advocates Forum has declared that former governor of Akwa Ibom and the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, is the ‘natural leader’ of the party in the state being a serving cabinet member.

The group, however, called on APC’s National Caretaker Committee led by the Yobe state governor to call those sponsoring mischief against the Minister to order, adding that “the political sagacity of the former two-term governor can not be compared to any other person in the state.”

In a statement released to newsmen Monday in Abuja by the national coordinator of the APC Advocates Forum, Barrister Johnson Essien, threatened to expose those behind the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom state chapter of the party.

The group described as ‘unwise decision’ for some chieftains of the party to contest the natural leadership God has bestowed on the Minister (Akpabio).

“The recent development in Akwa Ibom APC by a segment of the party denying Chief Godswill Akpabio as the leader in the state is unwise despite the natural role nature has bestowed on him as a former governor and a serving cabinet member from the state.

“We, therefore call on Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC National Caretaker Committee to look inward and call to order the enemy within the system causing bad blood in Akwa Ibom APC.”

They described “APC as a body without engine in Akwa Ibom state until Godswill Akpabio joined the fold in 2018.

“During his eight years as Governor of Akwa Ibom, the Hon. Minister changed the face of the State and touched lives like never before – earning himself the sobriquet Uncommon Transformer. On assuming office as Minister, he has been a stickler for performance, committing himself to ensuring the speedy development of the Niger Delta region in tandem with his Ministry’s mandate.”

The statement added that for any leader of the party or aspirant in the state to go far politically in 2023, such a person needs Minister Akpabio.

“We are using this medium to warn the crisis merchants to desist because the Niger Delta Affairs minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio is a force that will decide the fate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.”

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No APC supporter defected in Zamfara-Zannan Bungudu

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No APC supporter defected in Zamfara-Zannan Bungudu

A chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara Sate, Abdulmalik Zubairu (Zannan Bungudu) has described as “politically deceptive” the recent announcement by the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Tukur Danfulani that he received over 1000 defectors from APC in Bungudu constituency.

Zanna who spoke to journalists in Gusau on Sunday said PDP leaders in Zamfara led by Tukur Danfulani are using the tactics of receiving defectors to collect money from Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

He affirmed that Comrade Danda Bungudu is a known card-carrying member of the PDP and ahead of what he described as “film making event of Saturday” the posters of Comrade Danda Bungudu have been in circulation in Bungudu town and environs bearing PDP logo and tags.

He further explained that people like Mainasara Rimi, Nura Umar (NU) Sani Maidala Bela, Alh Yahoo Lawali (Yabo Minister), Kabiru B. Super Kwatarkwashi and Eng. Tsoho Mamman who accompanied Danda Bungudu to government house on Saturday are all card carrying members of PDP and they are known to every citizen of Bungudu local government.

He challenged PDP leaders in Bungudu to deny this claim made by him if they have counter fact noting that Bungudu has always been a stronghold of APC adding that, that political tempo would be sustained.

“There is no APC supporter from Yari or Marafa factions that defect to the PDP. I am a party stakeholder in the area and if their claim is genuine let them publish the names of the 1000 supporters for the entire world to see”.

“The few of them you saw in the picture are already members of the PDP and if they have received 1000 supporters of the APC why can’t they at least published their names for people to see and make judgement”.

Zanna added that, the new PDP Chairman in Zamfara is only playing a game of deceit and this is not politics because you have to be practical as a politician. We challenged PDP to publish the names of these 1000 people if at all they are serious”.

He assured that APC is intact in Bungudu and affirmed that Danda Bungudu and his co-travellers were at the Governor’s residence on Saturday for a monetary mission and asked that they most not hide under the APC before they can get their monetary mission accomplished.

He added that, APC leader in Zamfara Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar is doing well for the supporters of the party and that none would move to the PDP with the state of uncertainty that characterized its political operation.

He advised Governor Bello Matawalle to trade with caution as the majority of those he received as defectors are already members of his party but riding on the political tactics of the PDP Chairman to be extorting money from him.

Zanna also advised the Governor to instead of wasting money in the name of receiving defectors execute some developmental projects that would torch the lives of Zamfara people noting that, in the two years of Matawalle administration people of Bungudu have not benefited from infrastructural projects worth N10 million naira

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Over 1000 supporters of Yari, Marafa defect to PDP in Zamfara

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Over 1000 supporters of Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa from Bungudu Local Government have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement by Yusuf Idris Gusau, Director General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication to the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle indicated that the decampees were received earlier by the PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani Maikatako and later presented to governor Matawalle at his residence.

Leader of the decampees, Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu said they were at the governor’s residence to register their support as they have already declared their defection earlier at the state PDP Secretariat and were received officially by the state Party Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani.

Comrade Danda further said, the reason why they defected from APC to PDP was as a result of the way and manner the governor handled the security situation in the state and the many laudable projects he is executing in less than two years of his being in office.

He observed that it is on record that before the coming of Matawalle’s administration, Zamfara was in a serious war which almost destroyed it to a failed one as all government machineries were not working .

Bungudu however averred that the vision and foresight of governor Matawalle and his style of leadership changed all that and convinced them to join the PDP from their former political party, APC .

Responding, governor Bello Matawalle said his administration is determined to bring development to the people of the state at all levels with a view of making the state more secured and economically viable.

He further said, as a leader, his primary responsibility is to protect the lives and properties of the citizens including their dignity for upcoming generations.

He assured them of equal treatment in the party and also commended their foresight and positive decision to join his party, the PDP for the purpose of developing Zamfara state.

Matawalle added that with people of their caliber in the party, he is sure that alot will be achieved.

Notable among those who defected were Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu, Alhaji Adamu Abu Samawa and Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi Bela who was the current Vice chairman of APC in Bungudu Local Government.

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