From Maiharaji Altine Gusau
Crises has again engulfed the two warring APC factions of Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa and Governor Bello Mattawale of Zamfara state following a slanderous statement by a political group called Matawalle Leadership Forum on Senator Marafa’s APC Publicity Secretary, Bello Bakyasuwa Soja.
The Matawalle Leadership Forum has reputed a claim by Kabiru Garba Marafa’s APC Publicity Secretary, Honourable Bello Bakyasuwa that Governor Bello Mattawale did not perform well as a Governor of Zamfara state.
The forum has also challenged Bakyasuwa to produce his biological father to show that, he was a true indigene of Maradun local government area of the state.
The forum also added that, Bakyasuwa was dismissed from the Nigerian Army.
But in a press conference, a group loyal to Senator Marafa who called themselves as Senator Marafa Solidarity Forum said, Bakyasuwa was a son of Malam Yakubu and a grandson of Malam Garba Sarkin Noman Bakyasuwa.
They also added that, Bakyasuwa voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army and was not dismissed as claimed by Matawalle Leadership Forum.
They said, “On behalf of the Senator Marafa Solidarity Forum of Maradun Local Government area, we wish to respond to the primitive and wild statement of the opposition groups against our great Publicity Secretary of Senator Marafa faction of APC, in person bof Honourable Bello Soja Bakyasuwa Maradun.
“Bakyasuwa is a true son of the soil whose patriotic position scares some individuals who are still afraid of the shadow of their well known abominable parenting”.
Gentlemen of the press, you must have all seen a story emanating from a group called ‘Matawalle Leadership Forum’ in which they ignorantly challenged Hon. Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun to produce his biological father, a challenge that we consider as childish”.
“But we find it necessary to react with the warning that, “those who live in the glass house should not throw stones”.
“The rented youths also claimed that Hon. Bello Bakyasuwa was dismissed from the Nigerian Army which is equally a fabrication typical of the calamity of politicking we find ourselves as a state where lies and deception have been officialised in government business”.
“To start with the first challenge, we want the world to note that Hon. Muhammadu Bello Bakyasuwa (A.K.A Bello Soja) is the Son of Mal. Yakubu and a grandson of Mal Garba Sarkin noman Bakyasuwa”.
“Clearly for every right thinking individual, this name surely rings a bell in Maradun and by commission or ommission no one will contest the fact that this is a household name in Bakyasuwa area of Maradun local government that ultimately took over the character and personality of all those challenging the origin of Hon Bello Soja”.
“These are not some randomly selected names or personalities; these are people who are well known to be the original settlers of the Bakyasuwa community and not visitors from the beginning of times”.
“Therefore, asking our Publicity Secretary to produce his biological parents when any true meaning son of the soil knows his origin is rather childish and ignorance of the attackers or rather a deliberate attempt to surpress history simply because they want to play politics of blackmail”.
“You may recall that last Friday, a group of APC supporters loyal to Matawalle left him to join Marafa faction of the party and Hon Bello Soja was there to receive them; hence this so called group deem it feet to challenge his origin in Maradun”.
“But one thing is for sure, if the aclaimed Maradun youth for Matawalle do not know Bello Soja, we challenge them to go and ask their kinsmen especially their parents and political leaders who are his peers”.
“We know that the youths must have been in pain by Hon. Bello Bakyasuwa’s comment while receiving the decampees from Maradun who left Matawalle faction that Matawalle has done nothing to Maradun and its people”.
”If that was his fault, then they should be ready for a bigger fight because it is a fact that matawalle has failed not only the people of his hometown but the people of zamfara state in general”.
“As such, they will be overwhelmed by the same challenge as it will continue to come from the people of Zamfara and beyond who interact with his poor performance all the time”.
“Another mispresentation of personslity or rather defamation of character is as the group claimed that Bello Soja was a dismissed soldier”.
“This is fallacious and a defamation that is inconsistent with the commendable service of Hon. Bello Soja in the Nigerian Army within and outside the country as well as his clean and honourable exit from it”.
They urged those they called as ignorants to go and check the records with the Nigerian army before making such silly statements.
They also, challenged the leadership of Matawalle Leadership Forum to prove to authorities the source of their information regarding the Publicity Secretary of Marafa’s APC faction.
“We equally want to use this opportunity to warn those who do not know how to guard their tongues, that should this kind of misrepresentation of origin and defamation on our Publicity Secretary occur again, we shall immediatelly disclose to the whole world the lowly profile of their origin”.
“Also, if this baseless blackmail persists, we will expose the established records of certificate forgery associated with their political masters”.
They maintained that the solidarity for Senator Marafa has just started in Maradun local government area stressing that “we are proud of the direction given to it by Hon. Bello Soja Bakyasuwa”.
“We use this opportunity to reiterate our loyalty to him without regards to the venom of blackmail from any disgruntled youths and their paymasters”.