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Matawalle’s Defection to APC: Court strikes suit, Plantiff to Pay N1m to each defendants



Governor Matawalle


Attahiru Ahmed, Gusau.


The Federal High Court sitting in Gusau, Zamfara State has stroke out the suit filed against Gov Bello Matawalle and four others for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.

The court has also awarded the cost of N1m to each of the defendants to be paid by the plaintiffs.

Delivering his ruling ,Justice Aminu Bappah Aliyu said the court lack jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

Justice Bappa,however said the orIginating summons filed by the plaintiffs lack merit as the matter before the court is neither election matter nor election process.

Aliyu ruled that the Federal High Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs.

He further ruled that the Constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria did not, in any way, prohibit any person from joining any association or political party of his choice.

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Aliyu said it was only an election  tribunal or state house of assembly that can remove a governor from office.

It cauld be  recalled that the plaintiffs had prayed the court to declare Gov Bello Matawalle and Alhaji Mahdi Aliyu Gusau who won the election on the platform of PDP to vacate office following their defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on June 29, 2021.

Meanwhile, the All progressive Congress, publicity secretary Zamfara State Mallam Yusuf Idris in a statement issued on Tuesday said the case has now been put to rest.

“This has therefore put to rest any further claim by the PDP on Matawalle sitting on ‘their mandate,’ because the mandate belongs to the people of Zamfara and entrusted in Matawalle”.

“We, as a party at the APC office under the chairmanship of Tukur Umar Danfulani commended the Nigerian judicial system for standing firm by the truth without fear or favour.

“The good people of the state are highly worthy of commendation over their steadfastness and prayers,we assured the citizens that even though the court processes never intrude in our governor’s effort to bring succour and development to the state,the court ruling today,will reinvigorate and energised to do more with the confidence that he will continue to enjoy the good prayers of our people”.


I Inherited Politics From Home-Kawu Sumaila



Honourable Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila


A former member of the House of representatives for Sumaila and Takai federal Constituency from Kano state Honourable Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila and New Nigeria Peoples party senatorial candidate for Kano south says he inherited politics from home.

The NNPP senatorial candidate stated this during a rally organized by the party at Karaye town in Kano south senatorial district.

Honourable Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila who was a former adviser to President Muhammad Buhari on national assembly matters says learning politics from home made him to play it with decorum and ensuring human dignity.

Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila who is challenging the former Governor of Kano state in the aborted third republic Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya for the Kano south senatorial district ticket said playing responsible politics is the best thing to do at this critical time in Nigeria’s history.

According to Honourable Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila its not proper for the state APC chairman to be making utterances that is meant to overheat the polity .

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“Whenever a politician makes inflammatory statement,those statement is meant to dent the image of where he comes from.”

Honourable Sumaila said during the last Kano Emirate fracas when Governor Ganduje split Kano Emirates ,he and some prominent politicians in Kano made case for the appointment of Abdullahi Abbas as Emir but he was dismissed by Governor Ganduje noting that the Governor listed some incompetent qualities associated with the state APC chairman.

The rally was attended by New Nigeria People’s Party stalwarts and teeming supporters from Kano south senatorial district.

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BREAKING: CBN Extends Old Naira Use Deadline Till February 10 President Muhammadu




President Muhammadu Buhari approves a 10–day extension of dateline for the cash swap programme from January 31st to February 10

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Government Will Eliminate Squeeze ,Chaos In Currency Swap-Buhari



President Muhammad Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari, Saturday assured that government will ensure that citizens are unharmed in their businesses and no disruption is caused to the entire supply chain arising from the currency swap due to end shortly.

Reacting to reports of long queues of people waiting for hours for their turn to deposit old notes and get new ones, triggering public anger and opposition’s criticism, President Buhari reiterated that the currency changes were aimed at people hoarding illicit funds and not the common man, and that it had become necessary to prevent counterfeits, corruption, and terrorist funding. This, he assured, will stabilize and strengthen the economy.

While taking note that the poorest section of society is facing hardship as they often keep hard cash at home for various expenses, President Buhari gave strong assurances that the government will not leave them to their own fate.

He reiterated that a number of initiatives by the Central Bank and all commercial banks are underway to speed up distribution of the new notes and do all that is necessary to forestall cash squeeze and chaos.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
January 28, 2023

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