Zamfara APC Defends Minister Matawalle Against EFCC Protest

Zamfara APC defends Minister Bello Matawalle against protests and corruption allegations, calling them "politically motivated" and "baseless". EFCC assures it will continue investigating the N70 billion corruption case against Matawalle.

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Zamfara APC Defends Minister Matawalle Against EFCC Protest

Zamfara APC Defends Minister Matawalle Against EFCC Protest

The Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned recent political attacks on Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, describing them as "politically motivated" and "baseless". The party believes the attacks are aimed at discrediting Matawalle's achievements and undermining his growing influence in the political landscape ahead of the 2027 elections.

Why this matters: The ongoing investigation into Matawalle's alleged corruption case has significant implications for the political landscape in Zamfara State and beyond, as it may influence the outcome of the 2027 elections. Furthermore, the case highlights the need for accountability and transparency in governance, which is crucial for building trust in political institutions.

The Zamfara APC Concerned Youth Movement has defended Matawalle against protests at the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) headquarters in Abuja. The protests, which included children, called for the reopening of an investigation into Matawalle's tenure as governor. The party claims that some political elements in Zamfara politics are trying to deny their involvement in the plot, but their efforts are seen as a "lame excuse" and a "desperate attempt to cover up their tracks".

Abubakar Ibrahim Gusau, Chairman of the Zamfara APC Concerned Youth Movement, stated, "The attacks on Matawalle are all about 2027. His political opponents are afraid of his rising profile and are desperate to bring him down. They know that Matawalle's popularity and achievements will give him an edge in the 2027 elections, and they are desperate to discredit him."

Matawalle, who served as the governor of Zamfara State from 2019 to 2023, is considered a resourceful, vibrant, visionary, and purposeful democrat who worked hard for the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election. The Zamfara APC Concerned Youth Movement has pledged to continue supporting Matawalle and working for the development of Zamfara State.

Meanwhile, the EFCC has assured that it will continue investigating the alleged N70 billion corruption case against Matawalle. A group of protesters from the APC Akida Forum staged a peaceful protest at the EFCC headquarters, calling for the reopening of the case. EFCC's acting director of public affairs, Wilson Uwajuren, addressed the protesters and stated, "I want to assure you all that EFCC does not close cases. Once we open investigation into a case we will do not close such matter. So I assure you that this petition will be looked into."

As the political landscape in Zamfara State continues to evolve ahead of the 2027 elections, the allegations against Matawalle and the ongoing EFCC investigation are likely to remain a focal point. The Zamfara APC Concerned Youth Movement's defense of the minister highlights the complex dynamics at play within the party and the state's political arena.

Key Takeaways

  • Zamfara APC chapter defends Minister Bello Matawalle against "politically motivated" attacks.
  • Allegations against Matawalle may impact 2027 elections and political landscape in Zamfara State.
  • Zamfara APC Concerned Youth Movement claims attacks are due to Matawalle's rising popularity.
  • EFCC assures continued investigation into N70 billion corruption case against Matawalle.
  • Case highlights need for accountability and transparency in governance.