The battle for the Governorship seat in Zamfara State is between the All Progressive Congress, APC and the major opposition, People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
While the current governor, Bello Matawalle of the APC, is running for re-election, Dauda Lawal of the PDP is doing all in its power to unseat the former.
APC is not that strong in the Central zone of the state because of the presence of former Information Minister under former President, late Umaru Musa Yar'adu'a, Ikra Aliyu Bilbis (PDP senatorial candidate), and member representing Gusau/Tsafe in the House of Representatives, Kabiru Ahmadu Mai Palace. These are notable issues that will work against the current Governor under the APC platform.
The APC will benefit from its longevity and the fact that it has a strong united front thanks to the return of former state governors like Sen. Ahmad Sani Yerima Bakura, Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, and Abdulaziz Yari.
The PDP candidate, Dauda Lawal, is thought to have a stronger chance because he is from Gusau (the state capital and the Central zone), where there has been a call for authority to be transferred since 1999.
Most people agree that the West has possessed a greater portion of power. It has so far produced three governors who held office for 20 years, compared to one governor who held office for four years in the North and none in the Central.
Sen. Sani Yerima Bakura, a previous governor who served for eight years, former Governor Abdulaziz Yari, who served for a another eight years, and current Governor Bello Matawalle, who has served for four years and is running for re-election, were all products of the West. Mahmuda Shinkafi, a former governor who ruled for four years, was a product of the North.
In light of this, it is predicted that many voters will likely support the PDP in order to ensure a transfer of power to the Central and the election of a governor for the first time in the region.
According to this, Dauda was given preferential treatment when he was a young man since he helped some of them get jobs.
The internal party strife and ongoing legal battle, in which he recently received a Supreme Court decision supporting his candidature as the party's nominee in the 11th March 2023 governorship race, could work against him. According to Vanguard report.
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