I’m still in PDP, says Gov. Matawalle, as Tambuwal, Wike ask APC to hands off


… Donate N100m To ZMSG Over Mart Inferno


The Governor of Zamfara State has reaffirmed his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Governor was alleged to  be making moves to dump the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He debunked the allegation when six Governors under the auspices of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF), led by Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, paid him a visit on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The Governors of Rivers, Taraba, Bauchi, Adamawa and Oyo States were in the state to commiserate with the government and people of Zamfara over a recent fire incident which occured in a market at the state capital, Gusau, recently.

While appealing to leaders in the country not to take advantage of misfortune to play politics,  they warned APC to keep off the state which is under PDP rule,  a statement issued by the Governor’s Media Aide, Muhammad Bello, said.

The team of Governors also announced a donation of N100 million to the victims of the Tudun Wada market inferno.

In his remarks, Tambuwal asked queried the motive of the APC delegation to the state, saying, “Where were some of these visitors when all that has been happening to the people of Zamfara?

“No life was lost during the inferno. How many lives were lost from the time when APC was in charge of this Government House till now?

“How many of them came here to commiserate with my people of Zamfara State even those of us who are neighbors?”

Lamenting the ‘shackling’ poverty level and the bogus fight against corruption by “the APC Federal Government,” he regretted that “we are busy playing politics.”

“That is wrong. We must not take advantage of misfortunes to come and play politics,” he stated, which stressing, “We the Governors’ of PDP, this is our home. We are not visitors. No visitor can come and surplant us here. We have come home and I will take off my mask so that you can see me well, not as visitors but owners of this home, to commiserate with our own people that have been affected by this inferno.

“I pity any leader who seeks to take advantage of his people’s misfortune to play politics. We as leaders must always remain as leaders and provide leadership. And, know where, when and how to play politics.

“So, I appeal that as leaders, we must demarcate between politics and leadership; and when it is time for us to come together, to work together, irrespective of party, to save our people from the excruciating level of insecurity, particularly in Zamfara State; and even in Katsina State,” emphasised.

He, therefore, urged “the people of Zamfara State to know who their friends are.

“You should know who your brothers and friends are. And, we are here as your friends and brothers. We are here as your genuine friends to commiserate with you and tell you; and we are telling our brother that come rain, come shine, we will not tolerate any intimidation,” he affirmed

“You know me. Can I be intimidated… Not by any federal might. And, you know it, because we believe in God. No fly zone. Fly in, fly out will not take power,” he further stressed.

Also speaking, Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, cautioned the APC not to ‘poach’ Gov. Bello Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara State.

“When people fail, they don’t talk about their failure. Our Chairman may not have nailed it directly. I will say it directly. A party came and told Nigerians that you should vote for them. And that party is APC. Is it not?” Wike asked.

He chastised the ruling party for inability to checkmate insecurity, reduce poverty, create employment opportunities for citizens and for failing  to stabilise the free fall of foreign exchange in the country.

Wike noted that rather than focus on those problems, the party is busy moving around the country ‘poaching’ people.

“You can imagine the insult. A party in Federal Government that declared Zamfara a ‘no fly zone, the same party is coming to woo you to join them. I don’t understand this. You caused crisis in a state and you come back to come and woo, which means you the one causing crisis. If you go, they will now say you can fly. The people of Zamfara, shine your eyes,” Gov. Wike stated.

Responding, Gov. Matawalle thanked the forum for the timely visit and the support to the victims of the fire incident, stressing that he is still a member of the PDP.


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