The Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has issued a stern warning to his predecessor, Alhaji Abdul-Aziz Yari, to quit spreading false and unnecessary rumours against his personality or face a possible arrest by his government.
The governor went public with the threat on Wednesday while entertaining members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had defected to the ruling in the state, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Matawalle said that his predecessor had been making some statements and criticisms against his person and administration in a bid to give his government a bad image.
In turn, Governor Matawalle threatened:
“I must let him know that presently, I am the landlord of Zamfara Government House and the number one citizen of the state. If he dares me any more with his negative statement about my position as the chief executive of the state, I must make him understand that I am in control of the state and I will order for his arrest.”
He, however, swore to have never berated the former governor even when he was just a governorship candidate with the opposition party, and as such he expected the same respect from the immediate past governor.
“Constitutionally, Yari should respect my position as his governor, but since he doesn’t recognise my position, I will therefore show him that I am in charge of the state.
“I was also in the House of Representatives when he (Yari) was the Zamfara State ANPP Secretary,” he added.
The governor reminded Yari that he was his senior as far as politics was concerned, pointing out that he was a commissioner when he (Yari) was just an ordinary driver.