2 Former Governors Fight Dirty At Airport

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A report by Daily Trust indicates that two former governors of Sokoto state, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, and Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko engaged in a war of words at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto on Monday, December 9.

Bafarawa was said to have shunned Wamakko who stood to greet him at the VIP lodge of the airport on his arrival.

According to the report, Bafarawa’s action was the recent statement made by his predecessor, which termed him as a seasonal migrant to Sokoto state.

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“You said I am a seasonal visitor to Sokoto, why are you greeting me. I know my father and grandfather were born and died here, I can even show you their graves. Can you show me the grave of your grandfather?,” he allegedly asked Wamakko.

Wamakko was said to have responded by saying: “I don’t want to know where your father and grandfather are buried. All I know is that you are a seasonal migrant in Sokoto, that is all.

“There are other people whose parents and grandparents have been buried here but you called them seasonal migrants as well. So just go and face your businesses.”

The duo, however, boarded the same flight to Abuja after the hot exchange of words.

Wamakko, now a senator, deputized Bafarawa for almost eight years before he voluntarily resigned to avoid impeachment.

The senator later succeeded Bafarawa after defeating his anointed candidate who is now the minister of police affairs, Alhaji Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi in the Sokoto state 2007 governorship election.

Meanwhile, a recent media report revealed that former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, paid himself and his former deputy N525 million two days before they left the office.

According to the report, official documents and a bank statement show that Yari was paid N350 million two days before he left the office.

The money was paid from the state government’s gratuity funds under the pension sub-account with a new generation bank branch in Gusau, the state capital on Monday, May 27.

Also, the then outgoing deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, was paid N175 million from the same account.