Wednesday, April 21, 2021

How Matawalle gave Zamfara political rivals an uppercut, by Zailani Bappa


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A few months back, some self-acclaimed political masters of Zamfara State thought they could determine the fate of the present administration of Bello Matawalle. They boasted of having the followership of the electorates in their kitty and severally claimed to have won the gubernatorial election which they said was stolen from them by judicial fiat.

They have forgotten (or ignorant of) the fact that the choice of leaders comes from God, not from the ballot box. Many a ballot box choices have fallen dead before their swearing-in and others were sworn-in in their stead, while other elected leaders were sworn in and later disqualified by courts and given to others.

These ignorant crops of politicians must, therefore, know that even if they are the choice of the people, Matawalle is Allah’s choice. Zamfara people, being God-fearing, prefer Allah’s choice to their own which is why they are all in support of the governor today, leaving the power-mongers to their delusion.

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To continue in their delusion, they boast of having the 14 local government chairmen also in their kitty. They allegedly taxed them for a monthly meeting in Talatan Mafara, where they continued to challenge Allah’s decision.

In such meetings, they spit brim and fire as the majority of Zamfara people listened to them with disgust. In most of their comments, they covertly called the governor names. They said he is a political up-starter despite the fact that none among them has a record near that of His Excellency in the political history of the state.

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Now, their major pride has slipped away from them; the gamut of the 14 local government chairmen. When the governor met them in office, he preferred and chose to work with them despite party differences. As a true democrat, Matawalle neither removed the chairmen from office nor muscled them financially or otherwise to toe his biddings.

However, nine months later, 8 of the 14 local government Chairmen became satisfied that the Matawallen Maradun is a better leader than anyone they could find in the present crop of their own political party leaders and decided, on their own, not only to transfer their loyalty to the Government, but completely dump their political party for that of the governor.

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Since the announcement of their defection, it has been mum on the other camp because they were taken off-guard and, consequently, they are no longer in control of their balance following the unexpected political uppercut. But then, this is just the beginning for better tidings to come for the peace and progress of the state. Indeed, whoever chooses to fight God will end up punching himself to stupor and ignoble death?

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