Ahead of today’s defection of Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle to the All Progressives Congress (APC), three senators, five members of the House of Representatives and 18 members of the state House Assembly have indicated interest to decamp with the governor to the ruling party, Daily Trust reports.
However, Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, two members of the House of Representatives and six members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly are not likely to defect with the governor.
A source in Zamfara State Government House told one of our reporters that the younger Gusau departed for Abuja to avoid the defection programme.
“The deputy governor has travelled to Abuja because he does not want to be part of our programme. He said he cannot dump his father for Matawalle. His father is the oracle of Zamfara PDP,” the source said.
Another source told Daily Trust that the Sokoto scenario in 2019 is about to repeat itself when the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, dumped APC for PDP. The then Sokoto deputy governor, Aliyu Ahmed, stayed back in APC.
Efforts to get the deputy governor to speak on the matter through phone yielded no result as he did not pick his calls. Text messages sent to him were also not replied to.