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Impeached Zamfara deputy governor moves to contest against Matawalle



The impeached deputy governor of Zamfara state, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, has obtained nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the 2023 governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Gusau, who was impeached in February 2022 by the state House of Assembly will be contesting against his former principal, Governor Bello Matawalle who will be seeking reelection on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Matawalle and Aliyu assumed office under the platform of PDP, but the governor defected to the APC on June 28, 2021. Their relationship became sour after Aliyu decided to remain in PDP.

The state’s lawmakers in a wide margin vote voted for Aliyu’s impeachment following the report of the judicial panel of investigations.

20 out of 24 of the members voted on the ground that the panel investigations found the deputy governor guilty of the allegations levelled against him.

A seven-man panel headed by Justice Halidu Tanko was set-up by the Assembly to investigate alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office by the deputy governor. They began sitting at the State High Court 4, Gusau on Monday, Feb 21.

The deputy governor was absent and was not represented by any legal counsel throughout the sitting.

Making the announcement of Gusau’s entry into the race, the PDP wrote “The Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, has obtained his expression of Interest and Nomination Forms to contest the Gubernatorial Election in Zamfara State in 2023.”

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