Tussle for control of Sokoto political atmosphere rises in relevance
By Mahmood Mohammed
The political atmosphere of Sokoto politics has again taken a new dimension even though the thirteen billion 13b saga alleged died down for many years, Just last week, the political associates of ex-governor Bafarawa may have re- awaken the issue again, after a tribunal sitting in Sokoto affirmed his victory as well emerged Chairman House Committee on Defence.
Although, there was never a time that politicians and other stakeholders will visit pages of newspapers without encroaching issues and write-up as well sponsorship of articles without mentioning rilvary between the two political gladiators, it is gradually becoming a cultivated habit.
However, the fight between the two ex-governor has become a tradition which many see as hatred from the side of Bafarawa, but supporters brew such rivalry as significance for money venture only aimed at splitting their followers, associates and supporters towards religion and ethnicity to score a soft landing.
Political analyst and keen observers of Sokoto politics, were optimistic that former, governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa even though, he said he was the one that brought, “Wammakko, Tambuwal, Maigari Dingyadi and others to politics. Shouldn’t be a yardstick to use and corner everyone, loyalty is a gravitational factor in politics, but still, everyone should chose or decide their faith themselves.
Ex-governor Magatakarda, inspite the years of face-off, he has never ulter statement to redicle his mentor, but said he was his deputy, from 1999 till 2007, never revealed the secret that separate them.
Meanwhile, pundict following the train of Sokoto politics always revealed that if Bafarawa will remain steadfast as well continue to file suit day-by- day against ex-governor Wammakko, he cannot win his dubious allegations against him considering that only God has the monopoly of power and ego cannot take over power to whom he wishes.
Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) once thrown his weight behind his prediction at a gathering in Sokoto after he was taken round the state Capital to Commission projects executed by Wammakko’s adiminstration.
He acknowledged that Aliyu Magatarada is one politician that “nobody can defeat being a grassroot and dogged politician considering the fact that his residential building is situated at middle of market (Gawun Nama) without looking at their problems. Instead, he added that his house is like market open for poor people 24/7.
Beside, the issue of 13billion naira has died and buried long ago, but the awake of this issues center on his predecessor was that, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal alleged want to remain political Godfather in Sokoto, Not withstanding, someone has mentor (Aliyu Wammakko), taught him the game. Politics is a game of number, said former, APC stalwart, Aminu Bello Sokoto ACY in an interview with LEADERSHIP newspapers while I was Bureau Chief, Sokoto that there was “no permanent enemy or fiends in politics”, but there is interest in politics, whosoever, fight Wammakko is not fighting him directly but fighting his destiny.
Nevertheless, with the outcome of Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed and upheld the election Wammakko, as well Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi, Sokoto people would definitely take back it mandate, when Tambuwal tenure expires in 2023. Indications have emerged that formular alleged initiated by the recent write -up to call for the attention of ant-graft agency EFCC and ICPC against the Senator was done to redicle the image of the ex-governor Magatakarda Wammakko.
Even though, the issue has since been buried while, the writer was during 2007 lost political, now that Dahiru Yusuf Yabo if not for his selfish interest, he was the Returning Officer to Maigari Dingyadi even though now Wammakko and Dingyadi emergency is an indication that the two powerful retired Permanent sec. Would change the perceptions of Sokoto people.
Which pundict and watchers of Sokoto the seat of Caliphate said Bafarawa have wasted all his time fighting war that he cannot win and although didn’t yield him positive result, he could by now in a hitherto remain political Godfather to Wammakko, Maigari Dingyadi, Go
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