Zamfara State Governor Opens Up On Leaving APC
Zamfara State Governor Abdullahi Yari. Image: Thisday

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State and the National Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the conduct of the state primaries.

Yari had on Monday claimed that all primary elections of the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections have been concluded in the state.

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However, representatives of the party from the APC National Headquarters said no election was held at all.

Yari said: “Since we must conduct elections and declare results before 12 midnight of Oct. 7, we have done what is expected of us and we have submitted the results to the APC authorities.

“We do not know why those people (the second national committee led by Maj. Gen. Abubakar Mustapha (rtd.) are here.”

The governor said it was in order to meet the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deadline that results were collated from all the 147 wards of the 14 local government areas of the state and submitted to the party.

According to the results, Muktar Idris won the governorship ticket while Yari was elected as the party’s senatorial candidate for Zamfara West, Sen. Tijjani Kaura for Zamfara North and Alhaji Ikira Bilbis for Zamfara Central.

However, Mustapha, the Chairman of the APC committee, said: “as far as the committee charged with the responsibility of conducting the primary elections in Zamfara is concerned, no election was conducted at all.

“We have all the election materials intact in our position, and we are going to submit same as well as our report to the national secretariat of our party which mandated us to come and conduct the election.