Umahi: How FG saved me from PDP governor’s venom over Zamfara Gold – Matawalle


The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has commended the move by his Ebonyi state counterpart, Governor Dave Umahi, for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Matawalle, a PDP governor in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Zailani Bappa, said he would “rather commend Umahi for his bold decision rather than condemn him “because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable’’.

He said he had a very bad experience recently from some of his PDP governor-colleagues which, according to him, he found “very puzzling’’.

“For instance, the South-South governors accusing me in the media are PDP governors and they are the same people who brewed controversy over the so-called Zamfara gold, premised on deliberate misinformation and outright lies”, Matawalle was quoted as saying in the presser.

The governor said that curiously it was the APC-led Federal Government that came out to defend him in the saga, noting “as PDP colleagues, I expected the governors to contact me first and find out my own side of the story before unleashing their venom in the media’’.

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He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for being supportive of Zamfara effort at organizing the economic sector to avoid using the mineral deposits to promote insecurity in the state.

“If this trend of generating bad blood among us continues unabated, our great party (PDP) will increasingly be on the receiving end as we move towards the year 2023″. Matawalle observed.

The governor pointed out that the Federal Government was currently issuing licenses to deserving companies to operate in the mining sector in Zamfara and that the biggest company with a multi-billion naira investment was owned by a Nigerian from Anambra.

“I wonder where the idea of Zamfara State owning the gold mines emanated from. As at now, the state government does not have a hand in any of the mining activities in the state because the constitution does not empower us to do so.” Matawalle said.