I’m Tired Of Being Zamfara Governor, Says Matawalle

Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, has said he was weary of being governor of the state due to the incessant killings and kidnappings by terrorists.

Mr Matawalle stated this during an interview with DW Hausa on Tuesday, while reacting to his defeat at the polls.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Matawalle, who sought reelection under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, lost to the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Dauda Lawal.

But while reacting to his defeat, Mr Matawalle said he felt fulfilled to have served the state for four years.

“The election has been concluded, and everyone saw what happened in Zamfara, but as a Muslim, I can only give gratitude to God for the outcome.

“When God gave me the power, a lot of people never thought I would become the governor of the state, and God gave it to me.

“And if he chooses to take it back, I can’t question him. God has destined that I will serve one term, and I am fulfilled with that.

“I’m not bothered at all about losing the election. If you recall, some time last year, I lamented to you about the security situation in Zamfara State and told you I was weary of being the governor. As a leader, it’s not good to see your people being killed or kidnapped on a daily basis.

“After my time on earth, I will give account of these incidents to my Creator, and they bother me every single day.

“So for a very long time, I got fed up with the power due to what was happening in the state. I tried my best to address the security situation, but it was beyond my powers; only God can end it.

Mr Matawalle, who claimed that the military had deployed over 300 trucks to the state, said he got heads up on the plot to “deal” with him and some other governors who challenged the naira redesign policy of the federal government.

“I warned my people against rigging in my favor. I wanted to be voted genuinely and allow the people’s will to be respected.

“But the kind of soldiers that were deployed for this election were alarming. We have never had this kind of military presence in the state. On seeing that, I knew that there was a hidden agenda, and that was why I didn’t even bother. I got an intelligence report of plans to punish me, El-Rufai, and Ganduje.

“Our offense was challenging the naira policy of the federal government at the Supreme Court.

“We have been having security challenges in the state and have been crying for help, but nobody has answered us. But a few days before the election, over 300 military trucks were sent to the state,” the governor said.

He also said challenging the outcome of the results is the discretion of the party not his.

Daily Nigerian