Why Second Term Election of Governor Matawalle May Suffer Setbacks

Governor Matawalle

The second term reelection of the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, may hit deadlock, except there is strategic improvement on the political situation of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State.

It could be recalled that the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) was elected in the 2019 Governorship election that was conducted in Zamfara State, until a Supreme Court judgement overturned the results of the election, in respect to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which mandated every political party to conduct her party’s primaries for the emergence of governorship candidate; the All progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State was said to have failed to comply with this section of the constitution. Hence, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 Governorship election in Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, was declared as the Governor of the State.

Interestingly, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), probably, with an intention that is best known to him as an iconic politician.

However, the second term reelection plan of Governor Bello Matawalle may not come, without facing some challenges from the some prominent members of his political party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

It is important to recall that the political crisis between former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari, and the incumbent Governor of the State, Bello Matawalle, could not be underrated in the course of determining the chances of Governor Bello Matwalle to, easily, win his reelection under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.

Also, the uncertain consequences that may emerge from the parallel congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State could be considered as another fact that may, considerably, diminish the chances of Governor Bello Matawalle to easily achieve his second term reelection bid.

Remarkably, it is relevant to remember that Senator Kabiru Marafa led a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State to hold a parallel congress, aside the congress that was attended by Governor Bello Matawalle.

The unforeseen consequences of the parallel congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State may not be underestimated in the course of, possibly, narrowing the chances of Governor Bello Matawalle to win his second term election in the state.

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