- There is tension in Zamfara state politics at the moment as a petition has been addressed to President Buhari
- The state governor, Bello Matawalle, has been accused of persecuting the family of Shehu Idris
- A member of the family, Mukhtar Shehu Idris, was the governor-elect of Zamfara before his victory was upturned by the Supreme Court
The family of late Alhaji Shehu Idris has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged plans by the Zamfara governor, Bello Matawalle to demolish a property belonging to their father in Gusau, the state capital.
In a petition to the president, the family accused the governor of persecuting them due to their political leanings.
A member of the family, Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu Idris, was the governor-elect of Zamfara in 2019 before his victory was upturned by the Supreme Court a few days to his inauguration last year.
The petition accused the Zamfara governor of deliberately setting out to embarrass the family
The petition further stated that late last year, an unknown name alleged to be a member of the family was mentioned in a ghost workers scam, “in a bid to tarnish our good name which we refuted and demanded an apology.’’
Part of the petition reads: “Now our family house and a mosque built over 40 years ago by our late father have been marked for demolition by the Zamfara state government.
“We are forced to use this medium to report our plight because we see it as a dangerous pattern of political persecution being adopted by governors in this political dispensation.
“We say this for the fact that the development seems similar to the case of the family of the late elder statesman, Alhaji Olusola Saraki in Kwara state.’’
Meanwhile, Senator Kabir Garba Marafa's younger brother, Alhaji Sambo, late last year, explained why he resigned as the special adviser to Governor Bello Matawalle.
Sambo, in a statement he sent to journalists, said he resigned to enable him to concentrate on his private businesses, adding there was no rift between him and the governor.
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