Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has vowed to deal with further acts of disloyalty from his estranged deputy, Mahdi Aliyu.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that there has been a division between the two men following the deputy governor’s refusal to follow the governor to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the platform upon which they came to power.
While all federal and state lawmakers have followed Matawalle to defect to the APC, his deputy has refused.
The deputy governor is the son of the erstwhile National Security Adviser, NSA General Aliyu Gusau who has been the staying power of the PDP in Zamfara.
The cold war between the two men worsened after the deputy governor organized a PDP rally following the mega rally that welcomed Matawalle to the APC.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the State House of Assembly has summoned the deputy governor over the rally.
But speaking in an interview with DW Hausa, the governor said:
“I just read about the impeachment plan and called someone for clarification who told me that they would not accept it from the deputy governor to be organising rallies when people are being killed,” he said.
“As governor of the state, I promised to work together with the deputy governor, irrespective of our political affiliations. But I won’t tolerate disrespectful attitude from him.
“I won’t join issue with him but if he dares me, I will give him the treatment he deserves,” the governor said.
“We all agreed to halt any political rally welcoming politicians into the state since we lost some of our supporters while welcoming us.
“The deputy governor should have notified me of whatever he planned to do. Being of different political parties does not mean I am no longer his boss. Since the defection, he has stopped associating with me.”