I cannot continue in PDP, Umahi is lucky to have left – Matawalle

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According to the governor, the extent of bad blood in the PDP is partly responsible for Mr Umahiโ€™s defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, saying โ€œeveryone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortableโ€.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is becoming hostile for its members, lamenting over his recent experience with his governor colleagues from the South-South region of the country.

Mr Matawalle, who made the lamentation in a statement on Friday by his media aide, Zailani Bappa, commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State โ€œfor his bold decisionโ€ to leave the party.

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He said: โ€œIf this trend of generating bad blood amongst us continues unabated, our great party will increasingly be on the receiving end as we move towards the election year, 2023.โ€

Speaking further, Mr Matawalle said: โ€œI am having a very bad experience of recent from some of my PDP governor colleagues which I still find very puzzling.

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โ€œFor instance, the South-South governors [who had been] accusing me in the media are PDP Governors.

โ€œThey are also the same people who brewed controversy over the so-called Zamfara gold, [which was] premised on deliberate misinformation and outright lies.

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โ€œSurprisingly, it is the APC Federal Government which has all the correct records on the gold mining issue that came out to defend me in this saga.

โ€œAs PDP colleagues, I expected the governors to contact me first and find out my own side of the story before unleashing their venom in the media,โ€ Mr Matawalle posited.

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โ€œAs the brouhaha lasted, I commended President Muhammadu Buhari for being supportive of our efforts to organise the economic sector in the state to avoid using the mineral deposits to promote insecurity in our dear stateโ€

โ€œToday, the Federal Government is issuing licences to deserving companies to operate in the mining sector in the state. The biggest company with an investment of billions of naira is owned by a Nigerian from Anambra state.

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โ€œAnd I wonder where the idea of Zamfara state owning the gold mines emanated from. As at now, the state Government does not have a hand in any of the mining activity in the state because the constitution does not empower us to do so,โ€ Mr Matawalle noted.

The governor, therefore, called on the South-South governors โ€œto eschew intellectual idleness and support its people to operate modular refineries as provided by the law and lift their people out of fear rather than sit behind and start chasing shadows rather than substance.โ€

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