Who Is Governor Of Zamfara State 2020?

An academician and politician, Bello Muhammad Matawalle is the current governor of Zamfara state, who is running his first term under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.

BIOGRAPHY
Current Age: 51 years
Hometown: Maradun Local Government Area
Alma-mater: Thames Valley University, London
Educational Qualifications: BSc, Education
Political Party: People’s Democratic Party
Deputy: Mahdi Aliyu Gusau
Marital Status: He is married to four wives; Hajiya Sadiya, Hajiya Fatimatu, Hajiya Balkisu and Hajiya Fadimatu with many children

Matawalle was born February 12, 1969, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara to the family of Alh. Muhammadu Sharu. He had his primary education at Maradun Township Primary School, where he obtained his first school leaving certificate in 1979. Thereafter, he headed to Yaba College of Technology, Lagos state, and later, Thames Valley University, London.

EARLY CAREER/POLITICAL JOURNEY


Matatwalle’s main occupation for over two decades of his life has been politics. He started out his career very briefly in the Ministry of Health Sokoto (in former Sokoto State) and then as a Teacher in Government Girls College Moriki and Kwatarkoshi– a job, he later dumped the job to join the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja.

Moving from that in 1998, Matawalle made his first try in politics contesting for a seat in the National House of Assembly, which he won under the platform of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP).

Following the dissolution of political parties as declared ex-military leader, Abdulsalami Abubakar, who took over from General Sani Abacha after his demise, the UNCP ceased to exist and Matawalle got appointed by the first civilian governor of Zamfara State, Ahmad Sani Yarima to serve as Zamfara State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Commissioner for Environment, Rural Development and then Commissioner for Youth and Sports from the period of 1999 to 2003.

He went into the house of Representatives again in 2003, this time, under the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to represent Bakura/Maradun constituency.

Matawalle was re-elected in 2007 still on the platform of the ANPP but later defected to PDP on which he was re-elected for a third term in 2011.

For a while, Matawalle took a pause but got back in 2019 when he contested the governorship seat of Zamfara state. He lost the bid to his APC opponent, Muktar Idris, in the controversial election. However, he was later declared winner in court.

AWARDS
Matawalle holds several traditional titles including
Danmadamin Mafara
• Garkuwan Matasan Hausa
• Magayakin Zamfara
• Matawallen Maradun
• Sardaunan Gwagwalada FCT
• Sarkin Kudun Bwari FCT
• Tafidan Kwali FCT

CONTROVERSIES

1. The election that ushered Matawalle in was a very controversial one. He had initially lost the race to his APC opponent, who floored him with over 400 votes difference. However, he rejected the results and headed to court. He vowed to “reclaim his stolen mandate” He won the battle in the Appeal court as INEC was ordered to withdraw the Certificate of Return given to Mr Idris and issue same to Matawalle.

APC headed to the Supreme Court to quash the previous ruling but the apex court ruled against the victory of the APC in the state, saying the party did not conduct valid primaries in the buildup to the 2019 general elections in Zamfara. Hence, the votes cast for the APC in the election was pronounced wasted and the candidate with the second-highest votes (Matawalle) was declared the winner.

2. Since the inception of his government, Matatwalle has been in running battle with the state APC. In 2020, he was consistent in his move to get as many APC members in the state to join his party. At some point, over 69 members decamped the APC.

3. Matawalle also opened up cases of fraud allegations against his predecessor, Abdul’aziz Yari.

4. He once suspended his Commissioner for attacking President Muhammadu Buhari over unfounded claims.

5. Due to the worsening state of security in the state, the government of Matawalle entered an agreement with bandits to offer their guns for cows.

6. Recently, the APC accused Matawalle of sporing bandits in the state. This was after some children were abducted in the state. The APC had called on security agencies to investigate the governor but he while replying said, it was insulting the APC would accuse him of suck knowing that they bequeathed him “a colony of banditry in the whole world”

7. In 2019, he gave one of his daughters, Rukaiyah Bello Matawalle’s hand in marriage. The wedding ceremony was a carnival that went on for seven days.

8. In 2019 again, Matawalle’s government received a draft cheque of N282.5 million from the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) being excess money recovered from the auction of the state government’s properties under the leadership of ex-governor Abdulaziz Yari. Yusuf Idris. This was as ordered by court in a settlement suit between AMCON VS BRIGHTWAY mining and minerals Ltd.

9. Shortly after his elections in 2019, he gifted each of the 24 members of the State House of Assembly Toyota Camry 2018, V6 Limited Edition, which had reportedly, cost the government roughly N420 million. Many people criticized him for the reckless move.

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