- Earlier, Zamfara Assembly confirmed Senator Muhammad Hassan Nasiha as the new deputy governor of Zamfara state
- Senator Nasiha was nominated Governor Bello Matawalle following the impeachment of Mahdi Gusau as the deputy governor of Zamfara state by the state lawmakers
- In a new report, facts on how Matawalle used his deputy, Gusau as a sacrifice in the state have emerged
Revelations emerged yesterday on why Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle replaced his deputy with Sen Hassan Mohammed Gusau.
Leadership reports that the move by Matawalle was to pacify some aggrieved members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the sharing formula.
With the change in the office of the deputy governor and the vacuum created at the National Assembly, it was gathered that the APC in Zamfara state may soon reach a truce as Governor Bello Matawalle’s faction is making move to draft Sen. Kabiru Marafa to contest for the Zamfara Central Senatorial ticket to replace Sen. Hassan Mohammed Gusau.
Marafa’s camp has been in a serious struggle for the party structure in the state but with the new proposed sharing formula, the crisis may soon come to an end.
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A source said plans have been perfected to engage stakeholders to lobby Sen. Marafa to accept the offer and contest of the Zamfara central Senatorial District by-election.
A close aide of Sen. Marafa also confirmed to the newspaper that there was pressure on Sen. Marafa to accept the ticket.
“Yes, it is true, they have put forward the proposal to our camp, but we are not sure whether Sen. Marafa will accept the offer or not.”
The next move
The newspaper further revealed that if Sen. Kabir Marafa agreed to contest for the Zamfara Central Senatorial District ticket, it will bring about true reconciliation within the state APC.
Sen. Marafa was the one who succeeded Sen. Hassan Mohammed Gusau in 2011, had contested against him and won.
Matawalle hails Umahi for joining APC, attacks Southsouth governors
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that another possible defection is looming as Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamafara, commended Umahi over his defection to the APC.
Speaking through his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday, November 27, Matawale hailed the Ebonyi governor's defection, saying there is “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Matawalle, while commending Umahi for "taking a bold decision", also said he has been having "a very bad experience of recent from some of my PDP Governor colleagues."