Gov Matawalle says he joined APC to bring peace to Zamfara

Matawalle believes his defection to the ruling APC would help his state benefit more from the Federal Government.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state. [Twitter/@Bellomatawalle1]

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has identified insecurity as one of the reasons why he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor who joined the ruling party on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, said he joined the party to bring peace to his state.

Matawalle, while speaking on the Osasu Show programme on Friday, said his defection is not a new thing, adding that many governors had moved from one party to another.

He said, “The issue of security is not just for APC or PDP. We have to put all hands on deck so that we can solve that problem.

“Politics is about interest and confidence. Many of the politicians have changed from one party to another, so it is not a new thing and I decided to change so that I can bring more peace to my state.

“We have achieved tremendous successes, particularly on the issue of banditry where we used kinetic and non-kinetic approaches. These approaches we used, in particular — dialogue — it worked but you know that even with the approach of dialogue, we have to bring a political solution to it.”

The governor also said his defection to the ruling APC would help his state benefit more from the federal government.

He added that his alignment with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would help him to fight insecurity in Zamfara state.

He said, “So, I want to make sure that during this my tenure, I’ll bring everybody in the state together under one basket; that we should forget our political differences, work together, try to bring more peace to the state.

“This is a ruling party where we have the senate, members of the house of representatives. We are stronger and I believe people will benefit more than before. Where my hand does not reach before, now I can get what I want.

“I believe with this coming together, I’m going to work hard with my other colleagues so that we can get more from the federal government, particularly on the issue of insecurity. Even before I decamped, I knew the arrangement Mr president had made to bring more equipment to our security agencies to fight the criminality in the northern region.

“I believe we will get more troops to come and flush out the criminals. I assure you that you’ll see a lot of changes, because we will get more improvement on each facility that we have.”

With his defection to the APC, Matawalle believes that by October 2021, Zamfara would have undergone “a lot of tremendous changes."


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