The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, for allegedly inducing the State House of Assembly.
The PDP alleged that Matawalle is manipulating the Zamfara State House of Assembly to commence an illegal and undemocratic impeachment process against the democratically elected Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Aliyu Gusau.
The main opposition party, in a statement by Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary, said the process is illegal.
It added that the process to impeach the Deputy governor violates a subsisting order of the Federal High Court, Abuja “in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/ 650/2021 portends grave implication for peace and security not only in Zamfara State but the entire North West region as well as the continued sustenance of democracy in our country.
“It is clear that this panic move by Governor Matawalle is induced by his realization that the mandate of the PDP which he stole away into the APC is at the verge of being recovered through the legal processes of the court and restored to the Deputy Governor; he (Matawalle), having violated the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) recklessly moved to the APC when there is no division in the PDP.
“Governor Matawalle should note that the people of Zamfara State are solidly with the Deputy Governor, who enjoys large political following in the State as the custodian of the PDP mandate after Matawalle’s infamous defection to the APC. As such, any action against the Deputy Governor amounts to a direct assault on the will of the people, which will be firmly resisted.
“Any attempt, therefore, to strip the Deputy Governor of the mandate of the people on the grounds of baseless and unfounded allegations is a recipe for serious crisis that can result in the complete breakdown of law and order in the State.
“The State House of Assembly is, therefore, cautioned not to allow itself to be pitched against the people and destroy the State because of the bloated ego of Governor Matawalle, whose political career is at its twilight.
“Governor Matawalle must know that the people of Zamfara State cannot allow his frustration and ego to be exchanged for their mandate, which is now embodied in the Deputy Governor.
“The PDP calls on the Inspector General of Police to note how Governor Matawalle, out of frustration, has constituted himself into a security threat in Zamfara State and the entire North West region, where he is now threatening the lives of members of the PDP and other well-meaning citizens of Zamfara State.
“Our Party alerts Nigerians of how Governor Matawalle has been hounding members of the Zamfara State Working Committee of the PDP particularly, our State Deputy Chairman, Prof. Kabiru Jabaka, who has been forced to relocate out of the State over threats to his life.”