2023: Gov Matawalle lauds group for buying him nomination forms


Gov. Bello Matawalle hailed a coalition of 102 organisations on Friday for handing him an N50 million check to purchase the All Progressives Congress expression of interest and nomination forms (APC).

Malam Zailani Bappa, his Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Media, and Communications, expressed Matawalle’s gratitude in a statement made on Friday in Gusau.

Bappa stated that the coalition, also known as ZAMFARA DECISIONS, presented the governor with a check to allow him to run for re-election in the 2023 gubernatorial election.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the APC collects N50 million from each contestant intending to participate in its gubernatorial primary election.

According to the statement, Matawalle learned of the coalition’s decision while attending Umrah (Lesser Hajj) in Saudi Arabia.

“I am touched that Zamfara people will pre-empt my efforts and ensure they draft me into the primaries on their own volition.

“I want to assure you that I will not fail our dear state in whatever the people wished me to be.

“This singular act indicates your position as to the efforts we have been making to reposition our state onto the path of peace and progress,” Matawalle was quoted to have said.

Bappa said the governor assured the people that he would not fail in his bid to rejuvenate the state.

According to reports, the ZAMFARA DECIDES earlier on Friday presented the N50 million cheque to Matawalle and was received by the Acting Governor, Sen. Hassan Nasiha, in Gusau.

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While presenting the cheque, the leader of the group, Mr Surajo Haske, said they took the decision to support Matawalle in his reelection bid.

Haske said the decision to support the governor was informed by his massive development strides in the last three years and which had restored peace to the state.

“He has repositioned the state on the path of solid infrastructural development and economic emancipation,“ Haske said in the statement.