Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has carpeted Northern leaders, describing them as both deceitful and oppressive, while also noting that northerners are their own problems.
Matawalle stated this on Sunday in an interview with DW Hausa in Gusau, the state capital, while also declaring that those plotting to remove him from office for defecting from the People Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are only dreaming as he is not the first governor to cross carpet.
The governor also dismissed insinuations that he defected to the APC because he wanted to seal his second term deal.
He said: “Let the people of Zamfara continue engaging with their own business as usual. Those who are mongering this are ignorant. They are worried about the second term, not me.
“No one is guaranteed tomorrow, even an hour per se. I am contented with what Allah has made me. As far as I am concerned, if I am done with this first term successfully, I am okay with that. I am grateful to Allah and to the people of Zamfara.
“I am not the first governor to have defected into another party. But what you should understand here is that, for our people here in the north, we are the problem of ourselves.
“That’s the reason you can see power is about to vacate from the region. This is because all those that call themselves leaders of the north are just people of deceit and oppression.
“My reason here is that, there’s a former governor of Sokoto State who vowed that if PDP failed to drag me to court; he would leave the party. They’re insisting that I must be sued.
“But if I am sued, they have nothing against me. Didn’t they know the law and Nigeria’s constitution? And am I the first person to have defected? There’s nothing that could scare me and I remain the governor of Zamfara, whether they like it or not.”