The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, says he
has not taken a decision or fixed a date for defecting to
the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Newsmen had, on Tuesday, quoting a source close to the
governor, reported plans by the governor to dump the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on June 12 as part of the
ceremony to mark this year’s Democracy Day.
Matawalle became governor in 2019 after the Supreme
Court voided the elections of all APC candidates in the
state in the general elections over the failure of the party
to conduct valid primaries.
The Governor has since been speculated to be desirous of
defecting to the APC.
However, reacting to our report, Matawalle said he had
not taken a decision on the matter.
Asked if he was consulting over the matter as had been
reported on several occasions, Matawalle said as a
political leader, he was always engaged in consultations
with the people and leaders in the state on political
The Governor also denied that the sack of his cabinet was
connected to his defection plans.
According to the governor, “I dissolved the cabinet
because after two years, it is time to reinvigorate my
government for the second half of my tenure.”
Matawalle said he considered the time appropriate for
bringing people with new ideas and energy to the
government, stressing that the dissolution of the cabinet
was based on that consideration.