How Mohammed Matawalle Emerged Zamfara’s New Governor-Elect

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 27 – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday affirmed Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawalle, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Zamfara State governorship candidate as the state governor-elect.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who said this on Saturday at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, also said the new governor-elect and National Assembly members all of the PDP would be issued with their certificates of return on Monday in Abuja.

INEC’s declaration of Matawalle’s victory follows a Supreme Court judgement on May 24, 2019, nullifying the election of all APC candidates in the 2019 election and replacing them with the runners-up, who are PDP candidates.

Bello Muhammed Mattawalle

Bello Muhammad Matawalle (Matawallen Maradun) was born in Maradun, the headquarters of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State to the family of Alhaji Muhammadu Sharu on the 12th December 1969.

He studied at Thames Valley University, London, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, VTC Bunza in 1984 and Maradun Township Primary School in the year 1979.

He worked under the ministry of Health Sokoto (in former Sokoto State) and worked as a teacher in Government Girls College Moriki and Kwatarkoshi before joining Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja until he decided to join politics in 1998 under defunct UNCP.

Matawalle began his career in politics in 1998, having joined the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP), contested for National Assembly Membership and won the seat before they were dissolved.

Between May 1999 to May 2003, he served as Hon. Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Commissioner Ministry for Environment, Ministry for Rural Development and then moved to Ministry for Youth and Sport under Zamfara State Government.

Between May 2003 – 2007, Bello Muhammad was elected as Member Representing Bakura/Maradun Federal Constituency under ANPP. In the House he served as chairman House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, the Position he held till 2007, Deputy Minority Whip and Ad- hoc Chairman House committee on Marine Security and Safety Commission (National Security Adviser’s office).

Between 2007- 2011, Matawallen Maradun having been re-elected as Honorable Member Representing Bakura/Maradun Federal Constituency decamped from ANPP to PDP which he did in the year 2009. He emerged as the winner after April, 2011 general election to go back again on his third term as Member representing his people (Bakura Maradun) under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

As the 2019 election approached, Matawalle, who was a three-term member of the National Assembly representing Bakura/Maradun Federal Constituency was unanimously selected to fly the PDP flag following his massive endorsement acceptance by the party’s stakeholders.

After the election, the APC candidate, Alhaji Mukthar Shehu polled 534,541 to defeat Dr. Bello Muhammad Mutawalle, who got 189,452.

However, a prior judgement that nullified the APC primaries in the state and declared that APC had no candidate in the election was hanging over the ruling party. Although APC got a reprieve from the Appeal Court on the eve of the election, the Supreme Court later upheld the invalidation of all APC candidates’ elections, making Mattawale the governor-elect of the state.

He is married to Hajiya Sadiya, Hajiya Fatimatu, Hajiya Balkisu and Hajiya Fadimatu (2nd) and happily blessed with children.

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