From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
The Chairman of Tsafe local government council and all the 10 Councilors alongside former Deputy Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mamman Tsafe, have dropped their membership with the opposition APC for the ruling PDP in Zamfara State.
Declaring their formal defection at the Government House Gusau yesterday, the defected Chairman, Aminu Mudi Tsafe, who was accompanied by hundreds of his supporters, said all Councilors and the political icons of the local government have decided to join the trend of Governor Matawalle’s administration to consolidate peace initiative in the state.
The Chairman claimed that, “Our local government was one among the most terrorized areas where during immediate past administration, bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers operated unchallenged before the present government introduced ways to restore peace and tranquility.
“Our people in Tsafe local government area could neither sleep with two eyes closed, nor travel from one market to another for legitimate commercial activities as bandits have taken over control of roads, villages and markets in those days”, Mudi Tsafe has stated.
According to the Chairman, Governor Matawalle’s peace initiative which freed Zamfara State from incessant killings and abductions of innocent people, was the main reason all politicians relied upon to drop their parties for the PDP as already done by nine of my counterparts recently.
“There is no meaningful development that can be achieved without security, therefore, our defection to the ruling PDP should not in anyway be described as political greediness, even though I am the Council Chairman but, we cannot reach out to our communities in the remote villages over fear for attack by bandits.
“But with the relative peace being achieved in the State, we are now able to extend our developmental projects down to our people in the rural areas, again, our economy is fast improving as our teeming farmers are now able to work on their farms for both wet and dry seasons”, Mudi Tsafe has said.
Accepting the defection, Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle, expressed satisfaction, adding that his administration and the PDP would consider the defectors equally with the bonafide members who fought for the popularity and successes that made the State what it is today.