olicy affected his re-election bid.
Matawalle was one of the governors who instituted a suit against the naira redesign policy initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In an interview with DW Hausa on Wednesday, Matawalle alleged that soldiers prevented residents from voting for him during the March 18 governorship election.
He said over 300 vehicles filled with soldiers were sent to Zamfara for the election, adding that people “were beaten up and prevented from voting” for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared the election victor after receiving 377,726 votes to defeat Matawalle, who received 311,976 votes.
The governor of Zamfara stated that only his party can contest the election results.
“The decision to go to court lies with the party, not with me. If the APC says it is going to court, I cannot stop it because I am a member of the party and cannot prevent it from taking any action it deems appropriate. “We are awaiting the party’s decision on the next step,” Matawalle stated.
“Before the election, I warned my people against rigging the poll in my favor, as I would prefer the state’s citizens to vote for me without rigging.
“The number of soldiers we saw in Zamfara during the election was terrifying because we have never seen that many soldiers in the state before.
“As soon as I saw them, I didn’t bother myself, and I knew something was going on because I had received confidential reports that there are some individuals who wish to exact vengeance on me and some governors for things they believe we did improperly.
“What they have been saying is that I, [Abdullahi] Ganduje, and [Nasir el-Rufai] will see the results of what we did when we filed a lawsuit against the naira redesign policy.
“In reality, we face the challenge of insecurity in Zamfara, where we attempted to deploy soldiers but were unable to. Three days before the election, however, over 300 vehicles carrying soldiers entered Zamfara.
“If the troops had been dispatched when we were dealing with insecurity in Zamfara, it would have been resolved by now.
“No polling unit in Zamfara had fewer than fifty soldiers assigned to it, and the soldiers assaulted and prevented APC voters.
“All of these events occurred, and we also have videos, but when we call the soldiers, they do not respond. Therefore, this was merely a staged event.