Governor Mohammed Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that American government has exempted Zamfara from terrorists states.
Speaking in Gusau Government House to thousands of All Progressives Congress supporters from Maradun local government area who had defected to PDP on Sunday, Matawalle said, “Zamfara was one of the local government areas in Nigeria where the American Government warned its people to avoid visiting.
“The American government had, just last week, exempted Zamfara State from dangerous places in Nigeria following the effort of this administration to bring to an end all forms of banditry and kidnaping activities.”
He therefore appealed to the opposition parties to join hands with his government for sustaining the peace for the rapid development of the state.
He, however, warned that he would not hesitate to “take drastic action” against any person or group who “tries to undermine the security arrangements” put in place by his government.
“I am aware of the moves by some politicians to create problems in our state for their selfish interest because they are not comfortable with the success my government recorded within few months of taking over.
“Let me categorically tell them that I will deal ruthlessly with anybody found in the act, no matter his position.”
Governor Matawalle commended the former APC supporters for joining his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, assuring them that they would be treated like any other person in the party.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the APC members, Aminu Gamagiwa, who was also the APC chairman of Maradun local government, said they decided to join PDP as a result of “a series of developmental projects executed by Governor Matawalle,” as well as his “success in ending insecurity problems that defied solutions in the past.”
Gamagiwa stated that over 24,000 APC supporters from Maradun local government defeated to the PDP on Sunday, adding that more were preparing to do same.