Opposition politics in Zamfara State is regressing to something akin to childish banters and motor park gist. Ironically, it’s being promoted by otherwise seasoned politicians who have been around for two decades at the least.
That is how the topic of everyday, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has become within the rank and file of the opposition All Progressives Congress.
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Why should Matawalle’s defection be an issue, and why should his domineering presence send chill into their spines? Why should 2023 elections be a subject at hand when there are so many days and months to go and whereas there are lots of cleaning of the dirt they left in the Augean stable?
Are they not aware Matawalle believes, like every good Muslim should, that playing god, as they did when they shared positions in their bedrooms in the past, was the genesis of their failures to date?
It is funny that the so-called political big-wigs have continued to engage the services of anyone they can lay their hands on, including people who do not accept the mighty powers of Allah nor the rights and privileges of citizens in Zamfara politics.
Someone who hid behind a pseudonym of Musa Dangusau, wanted to dictate to the incumbent Zamfara governor not to move from his party, PDP to another party APC.
I want to quickly make one basic note and correction here that for these people who political cowards see as Zamfara political deep pockets, the fear of Matawalle joining APC is certainly the beginning of their political wisdom.
For the likes of Musa Dangusau, however, it appears politics begins and ends with just one person in Zamfara State, and any challenge to this person’s will and desire threatens their well-being. That is indeed a pity because they will soon eat their bread unbuttered because Matawalle has since demonstrated his political strength as witnessed during the Bakura House of Assembly by-election which he won for his party prompting many APC members to join him in the PDP.
We wish to remind the opposition that though Matawalle contested and won his election on the platform of the PDP he never went to court because he believes strongly that power belongs to God. And when the Supreme Court declared him winner of the 2019 governorship election, it was as a result of the squabbles caused internally by APC members in the state and by its parent body.
One assumes therefore that if the opposition were politically savvy as they claim, one would have thought it wise to beg Matawalle to hasten his movement to the APC instead of fighting a losing battle now that the national headquarters of the APC has since realised the asset he has become and are ready to receive him whenever he makes up his mind.
About Matawalle betraying his current party, the PDP, as implied by the poisonous pen of phantom Dangusau why should outsiders say that on behalf of the PDP, it should be the PDP that will complain.
Yusuf Idris Gusau wrote from Gusau