The ongoing political tug of war in Zamfara may not abate as soon as expected and this may eventually sink the political career of the serving Governor, Bello Matawalle who recently dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP that put him in power for All Progressive Congress, APC.
The Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, said on Tuesday he would not join Governor Bello Matawalle in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Gusau, who spoke with journalists in Gusau, said he is fully committed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Matawalle completed his switch to the ruling party on Tuesday.
However, more troubles are coming the way of Governor Matawalle as some PDP stalwarts are hell-bent in ruining his political career.
“Our party will not accept the defection of the governor in good faith. Yes, you may argue that Zamfara won’t be the first place a governor will defect, but I tell you the case of Zamfara is peculiar, given the circumstances Matawalle became governor. He became governor on account of the party’s performance in the election, not because he won.
“So, he cannot take our mandate and hand it over to the APC which was adjudged disqualified to run in the election that produced him. We strongly belief the court will see reasons and restore our mandate. We are ready to go the whole hog and good enough, the good people of Zamfara are with PDP in this struggle,” a state official of the PDP said.
Recall that the state came under PDP control after the Supreme Court nullified all the votes cast for APC in the 2019 elections.
The apex court had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the party with the second highest vote in the elections as the winner. The landmark judgment was delivered a few days to the May 29 inauguration day.
Also gathered that while the plan for the defection lasted and the governor gradually fell out with prominent PDP chieftains within and outside the state, the deputy governor became some sort of beautiful bride being courted by all and sundry within the party. This, sources said, further strained the relationship between the two politicians.
“The deputy governor has been enjoying the attention and friendship of PDP leaders within and outside the state since tales about Matawalle’s possible defection started filtering out. The governor’s camp didn’t like it and he was severally accused of disloyalty, an allegation he kept denying.
“While they kept him in the dark of their defection plot, they were accusing him of hobnobbing with leaders of his party within and outside the state. Few days before the defection, the governor’s men were bitterly complaining about the governor’s closeness with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state at PDP governors’ event.
“Gusau’s offence is that he is not hiding his resolve to stay put in the PDP while also remaining as the deputy governor. His popularity across the state and his family background are also some sort of threat to the governor and his new party in the state. These and many more are the reasons they want him out at all cost if he insists on not joining their new party,” our source added.
The matter assumed a new dimension that further confirms fears of a looming power struggle between Matawalle and Gusau when the PDP last week amended its earlier position by asking the Federal High Court, Abuja to remove the name of the deputy governor from its suit seeking his removal and that of the Governor from office over defection from the PDP to APC.