Northern Elders Professional Group Blasts PDP Over Comments On Zamfara Security

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    *accuse party’s gov’ship candidate of immaturity, contempt of court

    By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    The Northern Elders Professional Group (NEPGO), Zamfara State Chapter has condemned in strong terms the statement credited to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the alleged clampdown on some of its members over the political crisis facing the party’s fall-out governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Dauda Lawal.

    According to a statement signed by the Zonal Coordinator, Lawal Murtala Zawiyya, Esq, the group described such claims as nothing but poor judgment, exuberance of communications order, ignorance and intentional acts to destabilize the brighter peaceful atmosphere of Zamfara State.

    “The utterances by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba is a plain comedy by someone who is ignorant of the political development in Zamfara and North. He ought not to have allowed himself to be misled while enjoying his furnished, cool air-conditioned office at the Wadata Plaza.

    “We are concerned that a person of his status could receive, process and share distorted facts about his party’s affairs in Zamfara with the media. His press statement lacks the genesis of facts. The content of the statement was an embarrassment to his character, laddened with inaccuracies.

    “The hurried statement against the Police and government of Zamfara state by the Abuja PDP is an insult, and disinformation capable of truncating the current peaceful atmosphere in Zamfara state.

    “Some of the questions that require a response by the rally organizers include on whose platform are they making the claims when their governorship candidate has been sacked by a competent court of law in the country?” The group queried.

    The statement pointed out that, “Why did the same PDP kept quiet when the newly sworn-in Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke started reversing some of his predecessor’s actions which were carried out constitutionally?

    “With this development in Zamfara, we are angered to warn these political classes of spoilers, especially those who hiding under a political party to unleash terror and cause violence in the state.

    “We want them to leave Zamfara alone. Their continued sponsored violence, use of minors and youths to participate in such acts is dehumanizing, wicked and injustice to their well beings and future,” they submitted.

    According to the statement, every respected citizen of Nigeria, especially, well-trained Northerners with good cultural family background orientation is against political thuggery and the use of other people’s children to wreck havoc and destroy public property to achieve his desired goals.

    They therefore, urged security agencies not to relent in their efforts toward ensuring peace in Zamfara and the need to go after those sponsoring political thuggery so that there can be continuous peaceful political process and cohesion in the state.

    “At this juncture, we are condemning the PDP Zamfara state for misguiding their leaders in Abuja who hitherto has never shown any sympathy or grief on the issues of insecurity the state is now gradually overcoming.

    “On a final note, we want to inform PDP and those sponsoring violence that, the Zamfara people will continue to support the government of Governor Bello Muhammad Mutawalle because of his transparent and inclusive style of governance which has yielded positive development, restoring security, improved political cohesion and economical revolution in the state.

    “Therefore, any attempt with intent to take Zamfara into ugly past experiences of political thuggery, banditry activities and destruction of public properties and lives will be vehemently rejected by all legal means.

    “Truly, the people of Zamfara are appreciative of the role played by the state government under Bello Muhammad Mutawalle and security agencies toward ensuring a peaceful atmosphere in the region.

    “We want to pass a vote of confidence on the security agencies, particularly the Zamfara state commissioner of Police, Department of State Security, Civil Defense and all other sister agencies that have sacrificed their luxury and lives to bring back peace and security in the Zamfara and other neighboring states,” they stressed.

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