Bello Muhammad Matawalle
|5th Governor of Zamfara State|
|Assumed office |
29 May 2019
|Preceded by||Abdul'aziz Abubakar Yari|
|Member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria for Bakura/ Maradun|
9 June 2003 – 9 June 2015
|Zamfara State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs|
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
|Born||12 February 1969|
Maradun, Zamfara State
|Political party||Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)|
Early life and education
Bello Matawalle was born February 12, 1969, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara. Matawalle attended Maradun Township Primary School finishing in 1979. He attended Yaba College of Technology, Lagos and later went to Thames Valley University, London.
He worked as a teacher at Government Girls College Moriki and Kwatarkoshi before joining the Federal Ministry of Water Resources. Matawalle's first shot in politics was in 1998 when he ran for a house of assembly seat and won after he left the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja, joining the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) which consisted of politicians such as Ambassador Isa Aliyu Mohammed Argungu (Sarkin Yakin Kabbi) former Minister of Water Resources and National Chairman of the party, Ibrahim Gusau former protem National Chairman of the party, Atiku Abubakar, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Attahiru Bafarawa, Adamu Aliero, Suleiman Takuma Ibrahim Kura Mohammed, Ibrahim Saminu Turaki and Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya but after the death of Sani Abacha, Nigerian Military Head of State on June 8, 1998, Abdulsalami Abubakar, his successor, dissolved the political parties and announced that elections would hold in 1999.
Between 1999 and 2003 he served as Zamfara State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Commissioner for Environment, Rural Development and then Commissioner for Youth and Sports.
Matawalle was re-elected in 2007 still on the platform of the ANPP only to defect to PDP on which platform he was re-elected for a third term in 2011.
Matawalle polled 189,452 in the March polls as against the 534,541 votes for Muktar Idris, the APC candidate.
The Supreme Court later pronounced that the votes cast for the APC in the election as wasted and ordered that the candidate with the second highest votes be sworn in on Wednesday. This is because the APC failed to conduct primary election for all the candidates in Zamfara State.
On 1 June 2021, Matawalle dissolved his Executive Council, reportedly in preparation for a party switch to the APC set to happen around June 12. Matawalle however, denied that the cabinet dissolution was connected to a party switch and claimed to have not made a decision on changing parties nor set a date.
Matawalle is married to four wives and has children.
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