BREAKING!! Zamfara Governor, Matawalle Dissolves State Exco, To Officially Dumps PDP For APC June 12

 

According to a source close to the governor, the dissolution of the Zamfara State executive council on Tuesday was part of Governor Bello Matawalle’s preparations for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Mr Matawalle will publicly declare for the APC on June 12 as part of the Democracy Day celebration, according to the source, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to talk on the matter.

The governor dissolved his cabinet, according to the source, because several members, including the deputy governor, Mahdi Aliyu, are hesitant to join the ruling party alongside him.

It has been rumored for some time that the governor is planning to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), despite the fact that some APC leaders in the state do not want him to leave.

On Tuesday, he fired Bala Bello, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), the 23 commissioners, Bala Mande, his Chief of Staff, and Bashir Maru, his Deputy Chief of Staff.

According to insiders, the governor would eventually dump the PDP on June 12 as a result of this event.

Mr Matawalle wishes to join the APC before the party’s National Convention in June. He must register with the APC as part of its ongoing membership revalidation and registration effort in order to attend the conference.

On May 24, 2019, Mr Matawalle was sworn in as governor after the Supreme Court disqualified all APC candidates in the state for the general election that year due to the party’s failure to hold legal primaries.

The Supreme Court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to nullify the APC’s votes in all elections and choose new winners based on the remaining legal ballots.

The APC swept the election in the state, winning the presidency, governorship, and all federal and state legislative seats, while PDP candidates came in second.

However, several members of the dissolved cabinet and the deputy governor, Mr Aliyu, are reportedly opposing the governor’s new decision to join the APC.

According to insiders, this was a crucial factor in the governor’s decision to dissolve the cabinet.

Mr Aliyu, the son of a former Minister of Defense, Ali Gusau, is claimed to be reluctant to joining the APC, claiming that the court gave the electoral victory in 2019 to the PDP as a whole, rather than merely its candidates.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, is said to be behind the governor’s decision to join the APC.

The state House of Assembly’s 24 members, including the speaker, Nasiru Magarya, are claimed to have agreed to join the governor’s APC.

However, WeetalknaijaBlog was unable to verify the positions of federal parliamentarians from the state who are also PDP members.

When contacted, Yusuf Idris, the governor’s spokesperson, said Mr Matawalle has the right to choose which political party to support and that he will make the best decision for Zamfara State.

“I have yet to receive information on whether he is leaving the PDP or not; only time will tell,” the official stated.

The governor has a long history in politics and has been elected to a number of positions, so he may join any political party he wants. People should not jump to conclusions; the governor’s main priority is Zamfara’s security.

Mr Idris explained, “You can see, when he came on board, he established the peace conversation project, which has helped reduce homicides and kidnappings in the state.”

BREAKING!! Zamfara Governor, Matawalle Dissolves State Exco, To Officially Dumps PDP For APC June 12

 

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