Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has come out to say that his opposition to the Central Bank’s new naira policy cost him his reelection bid at the March 18 Governorship election.
He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, opposing the Central Bank’s new naira policy cost him his reelection bid because it led to soldiers working against him and his party during the elections.
Bello added that he had asked for the same soldiers to tighten security in the state throughout his tenure, but FG did nothing.
His words, “What’s being said is that we went to the court over new naira notes redesign. They said myself, Ganduje, and El Rufai would be punished accordingly.”
“We have had security challenges in Zamfara state, and we’ve been asking them to send soldiers to us, but they didn’t.”
“But three days to the (governorship) election, they sent over 300 vehicles conveying soldiers into Zamfara.”
“Such a high number of soldiers. If they could send them to us to fight insecurity, it would be better. But they only sent them during elections.”
“They were over 50 soldiers in our polling unit in Zamfara. They were even straight about it that those voting for APC would not be allowed to vote.”
“When I saw that (the heavy deployment of soldiers), I knew they were up to something. That was why it didn’t bother me because I received an intelligence report on what they were going to do against me. Not only myself but other governors that did something that is considered wrong.”
“People were harassed and beaten because they wanted to vote for APC. We all have this evidence on video. When we called soldiers to come to our aid, they didn’t come. But I have left everything to God.”
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