APC Governor Reveals How FG Used Military to Rig His Re-Election for PDP and Why

APC Governor Reveals How FG Used Military to Rig His Re-Election for PDP and Why

  • The governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, has accused the federal government of intimidating voters during the March 18 governorship and state house of assembly election
  • Matawalle said he was warned that the outcome of the poll might not go in his favour because he challenged the FG's naira redesign policy
  • The governor, who lost his re-election bid, stressed that the soldiers were deployed in the state election to favour the PDP

Gusau, Zamfara - Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state, has accused the federal government of deploying the military to rig the March 18 governorship and state house of assembly election.

The governor alleged that the federal government made the move to punish him for challenging the naira redesign policy, Premium Times reported.

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Governor Matawalle laments how FG deployed soldiers to favour PDP in his state. Photo Credit: APC Nigeria
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Why APC lost to PDP in Zamfara as Governor Matawalle accuses FG of rigging

Recall that the governor and his counterparts in Kano, Kaduna and Kogi, Abdullahi Ganduje, Nasir El-Rufai and Yahaya Bello, challenged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the FG's naira redesign policy at the supreme court.

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The governors, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were the first to challenge the APC-led federal government's policy.

During the guber election in his state, Matawalle lost his re-election bid to Dauda Lawal, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor polled 311,976 votes to come second to Lawal, who garnered 377,726 votes in the race.

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But in a 9-minute interview with the DW Hausa, Matawalle alleged that he was warned that the poll's outcome might not favour him.

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He claimed that over 300 trucks loaded with soldiers entered the state on the eve of the election, and most of the strategic polling units witnessed voter intimidation against voting for the APC.

His statement reads in part:

"I tell you, they were over fifty soldiers in our polling units in Zamfara. They (soldiers) were even straight about it that those voting for APC would not be allowed to vote. People were harrassed and beat because they wanted to vote for APC. We all have this evidence on video. When we called soldiers to come to our aid, they didn’t come. But I’ve left everything to God.”

"North-west is waiting": Ex-Zamfara governor speaks on senate presidency

Legit.ng earlier reported that the former governor of Zamafara state, Abdulaziz Yari, has argued that the next senate president should come from the northwest of Nigeria.

According to Yari, the region produced the highest number of votes for the APC and Bola Tinubu during the February 25 presidential election and, as such, earned the position.

The ex-governor stressed that although there were challenges before the poll, stakeholders in the region were able to overcome them and produce the highest number of votes for Tinubu.

Source: Legit.ng

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