By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has told Governor Bello Mohammad Matawalle that he has the intention to end the long dominated banditry and economic backwardness in his state but forces against him have always been the setback.
Governor Bagudu made this remark when the APC Governors forum visited him in Gusau, the state capital where the forum donated the sum of N50 million to the state government over the inferno that consumed 63 shops in Tudun Wada market in Gusau, the state capital.
According to him, the many sad events faced by Governor Matawalle, which have affected him psychologically, have turned his attention away from his plans.
“You can never be a man until you have solved the problem much larger than his life. Difficulty is the test of manhood,” he lamented.
He noted that the sad events were brought by God to test his faith and to strengthen him for the tasks ahead of him, saying that if he relaxes, he has failed in his constitutional responsibility.
But in his response, Governor Matawalle swiftly replied that the APC Governors were using tricks to lure him into the All Progressive Congress (APC), pointing out that he has not even made up his mind to defect to APC, albeit the rumour of his defection to APC has been circulating round the State.
However, the Director-General, Press Affairs to the Governor, Comrade Yusuf Idris Gusau, said to the best of his knowledge, the Governor has no plan to defect to APC, saying that it was just an empty propaganda that can be thrown into another waste-basket.