The attention of His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has been drawn to a petition by the All Progressive Congress in the state to its National headquarters alleging INTIMIDATION harrassment by his administration as reported in some online newspapers.

Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have responded to an intra petition which is squarely an internal affair of the APC but for the the fragrant lies presented to the APC National Chairman and made public, prompting him to threaten legal option against the Government of Bello Matawalle.

Even then, our concern is not the decision of the Party but for the negative image painted of us in the public.

The APC in Zamfara State were reported to have alleged that the administration of Governor Matawalle has muscled local government chairmen in the state, elected on the platform of the APC, to dump their party FOR the ruling PDP in the state. They also said the ploy is to break their strength of opposition.

To put the record in its proper perspective, the nine local Government Chairmen and their Councillors decided on their own volition to join the PDP following their appreciation of the way his Excellency is handling the affairs of the state.

Indeed, if Governor Matawalle wanted to muscle the local government Chairmen into submission, he would not have waited for nine months before he does it. But instead, Governor Matawalle has worked with these local government chairmen for nine months amicably, even as they remained in their own political party. And still, there are other local government chairmen who have opted to remain in the APC and the Governor is not in any way frowning at their choice.

It is therefore a sheer act of mischief to allude the mass decamping of political office holders from the APC to the PDP in Zamfara State to intimidation or harassment.

Zailani Bappa
Special Adviser
Pub. Enlightenment, Media and Communication.

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