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Matawalle Picks APC Senator As New Deputy Governor

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Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has nominated Senator Hassan Muhammad Nasiha as the new Deputy Governor of the state.

This follows the impeachment of Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.

The governor sent a letter to the state Assembly, seeking the screening of Nasiha.

Speaker of the House, Honourable Nasiru Muazu Magarya, read the governor’s letter at plenary on Wednesday.

First elected a senator in 2007, Nasiha currently represents Zamfara Central in the National Assembly.

He lost his seat to Senator Kabiru Marafa in 2011, but returned to the red chamber in 2019 when the Supreme Court voided  the elections of the candidates of All Progressive Congress following their failure to conduct primaries in the state.

However, when Matawalle defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2021, Nasiha joined him.

 

Zamfara Deputy Governor Impeached

 

The Zamfara state House of Assembly has impeached the state Deputy Governor, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.

At the plenary on Wednesday, 20 out 24 members voted for the impeachment of the Deputy Governor after the report submitted by the judicial panel of investigation found him guilty of the allegations levelled against him.

The report was read by the Speaker of the Assembly, Honorable Nasiru Muazu Magarya.

Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau

Earlier on Wednesday, the seven-man panel set up to investigate alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office leveled against Gusau had ended its sitting and submitted its report.

The panel had Justice Halidu Tanko-Soba as Chairman, with Oladipo Okpeseyi (SAN), as Deputy Chairman and Abdul-Atadoga Ibrahim (SAN), Hussaini Zakariyau, (SAN), Amina Tanimu-Marafa, Alhaji Sani Mande and Ahmad Buhari-Rabah, as members.

Presenting the copies of the report to the Speaker, Okpeseyi said they were not empowered to talk about the report with any one.

“We have done our duty with utmost integrity and diligence and we have compiled this report based on the evidences we have gathered in the course of our duty,” he said.

Responding, the Speaker of the Assembly said they would work on the report with the context of section 188 of the constitution. He then thanked the panel for discharging their duties in accordance with the law.

 

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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