By Sidi Kaulahi

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned in strongest term Governor Bello Matawalle to immediately dump the idea of impeaching his PDP card carrier deputy, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau to avoid pulling trigger of crisis in the state.

This was contained in a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, hon. Debo Ologunagba and made available to Journalists in Gusau, Zamfara State capital, cautioning state Governor who allegedly manipulated State House of Assembly to fall in engagement for impeaching the PDP’ deputy Governor.

“We write to bring into light that, Governor Matawalle has embarked on stoking and inducing violence in the state by orchestrating and manipulating the State House of Assembly to commence an illegal and undemocratic process of impeachment against the democratically elected Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, His Excellency Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed Gusau.

“This illegal process of impeachment despite 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) in recklessly moving 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 they will firmly resist” it has warned.

The statement further note that, 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.

“We also draw the attention of the State House of Assembly with a view to distance itself from embarking on illegality, therefore stand to caution honorable members not to allow themselves 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 can not allow his personal frustration and ego to be exchanged for their stand-to-die mandate which is now embodied in the Deputy Governor, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.

“The PDP called on the Inspector General of Police to take note on 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”, the statement has read.

According to the statement, the opposition Party alerts Nigerians of how Governor Matawalle has been hounding members of the Zamfara State Working Committee of the PDP particularly, the State Deputy Chairman, Prof. Kabiru Jabaka, who has been forced to relocate out of the State over threats to his life.

“Moreover, the PDP notes with consternation, Governor Matawalle’s well-known connections and negotiations with bandits and terrorists and calls on Nigerians to hold him responsible should any harm befall our party members in the State.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC to immediately call Governor Matawalle to order and ensure that this action which is a great assault on democracy especially the principle of Separation of Powers and peaceful co-existence in Zamfara State is halted forthwith.

“In any case, Governor Matawalle must be held responsible for any breakdown of law and order which can result to bloodshed in Zamfara State for which he can also be personally held liable even beyond the shores of Nigeria as the world is watching”, the statement further warned.