By Adebayo Fajinmi
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle changed the narratives of the state’s politics on Tuesday when he, national and state lawmakers decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, TOS News gathered that his Deputy, Mahadi Aliyu Gusau did not decamp.
As this defection, which analysts have described as “gale” is hitting the PDP, his entry to the APC has increased the number of APC Governors to 22 across the country.
Matawalle has since taken over the leadership of the party in the state shortly after he was formally received by APC chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Governor Mai Mala Buni at Zamfara Trade Fair Complex in Gusau, the State capital.
Speaking during the grand occasion in Gusau, Matawalle who said he “is now the leader of the APC in Zamfara” also enjoined all members and supporters of the APC in the state to join hands with him to build a new Zamfara and APC ahead of 2023 general elections.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Buni and former Governor, Abdulaziz Yari as well as all stakeholders for their understanding.
Giving his words to ensure an all-inclusive party structure that will carry everyone along for the development of APC and Zamfara State in general, he said, “From today, I became the leader of the APC in Zamfara and all the state executives of the APC have been dissolved and we shall work tirelessly to ensure unity and progress of the APC in Zamfara State and national level.”
Governors of Kano, Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Borno, Kebbi, Plateau, Gombe, Kogi and Federal Government delegation led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Ali Modu Sheriff, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima and other dignitaries attended the occasion.
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, on Tuesday, described the defection of some of the party’s governors as an effort by the ruling APC to rig the 2023 general elections, and referred to the Zamfara Governor as a man “who has probably lost memory of how he became governor.”
The PDP has also threatened to explore all options to secure the mandate given to it by the Supreme Court.