- Eight APC local government chairmen in Zamfara state have defected to the PDP
- Their defection was announced by Zailani Bappa, Governor Bello Matawalle's media aide, on Saturday, February 8
- The chairmen said they decided to join the PDP because of Matawalle's leadership style which they said has brought peace to the state
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state has suffered a huge loss as eight out of its 14 local government area chairmen defected to the ruling party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party.
Their defection was announced by Zailani Bappa, Governor Bello Matawalle's media aide, on Saturday, February 8, Vanguard reports.
See their names below:
- Muhammad Umar, Birnin-Magaji LGA
- Salisu Dangulbi, Maru LGA
- Nasiru Zarumi, Bukkuyum LGA
- Ahmed Balarabe, Anka LGA
- Lawal Abdullahi, Kaura-Namoda LGA
- Shehu Faru, Maradun LGA
- Abdulaziz Nahuche, Bungudu LGA
- Aminu Mudi, Tsafe LGA
The defection came following the chairmen met with Governor Matawalle on Saturday.
The chairmen reportedly said they decided to join the PDP because of Matawalle's leadership style which they said has brought peace to the state.
They expressed their readiness to work with the state government just as they noted that they defected alongside their supporters.
In his reaction, Governor Matawalle appreciated the action of the chairmen, promising that his government will continue to come up with pro-people policies.
Governor Matawalle has been picked to be bestowed with the prestigious award as “Security Icon of the Year” for 2019.
The award which will be given to the governor by TheNigerian News Group is in appreciation of the effect Matawalle has made to restore peace and tranquillity in Zamfara state - previously riddled with banditry, kidnap and other criminal vices.
Speaking on the award, the organisers said since taking over the helm of affairs from Abdulaziz Yari on May 29, Matawalle earned wave review for his unorthodox, progressive and charismatic leadership style, especially in the area of security.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the family of late Alhaji Shehu Idris petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged plans by Governor 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.
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