By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, announced on Friday in Abuja that his supporters are mounting pressure on him to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the pressure followed the refusal of the leadership of the APC to approve primaries conducted last week in Zamfara State,
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last week barred the party from fielding any candidates for the 2019 polls in Zamfara because it held that no primary election took place there.
Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja ,Yari declared that the development had caused frustration among his supporters, noting, however, that he had vowed to remain in the APC to fight the injustice.
The governor insisted that primaries held in Zamfara, saying they had gone to court to challenge the decision of INEC and the case is coming up next week
On allegations that he planned to leave APC, he replied “No, no, no, I don’t know whether that is a joke or otherwise but for me, if you check my history since 1998, APP, and 2002 when Buhari joined ANPP, and 2015 APC.
“No time that I shifted from one party to another. That is not in my culture. So, the issue of leaving the party is not true. But some other people are sending rumour through the social media. I have seen my picture with the PDP and other parties.
“Yes, I cannot deny pressure from the people that we should leave APC but what I told them is that what we are looking for is just justice. We conduct electon and see what the result is going to look at. But I think for any body to come under the national secretariat and say he is going to nominate a candidate, I think, it is a very, very huge joke.
Explaining further on what took place during the primaries he said “The result is not actually what they want so they said that they have cancelled the election. I have seen the scenario of Lagos, once they cancelled the election, they said elections can not be cancelled, let’s continue.
” So, we continued the election and there was hitch somewhere but we decided to suspend the area there were problems until the following day. So, the following day, we continued and we concluded the wlevtion by the people nominated by that committee to conduct election but the committee ran away and refused to collate the results.
“So, what we did, we filed the results and kept it under the watch of those people and waited to see what was going to happen. The second committee went 32 hours to the cloaig, we thought the committee will hasten and say that these are the modalities of the election, these are what we are going to do but the committee wasted about 18 hours discussing about how the modalities are going to be taken.
However he said when they realised that”, we were actually advised by the supervisory agency that is INEC and other agencies there that the best thing people are out to vote, since 7am so, we should ask them to start counting. When they finished, they released the materials and we adopted the numbers.
“Already, we had produced our own set of forms for the national Assembly which we have done and then, when we concluded, I didn’t see members of the committee until one and half hours to the time. Then, when they came I asked them what they came for. They said they came for reconciliation and I said which reconciliation?
” People can not reconcile over a month and you are trying to reconcile in an hour. Then, I realised that there was a game that was bein played so that we can run out of time. And then, maybe, the national body can think they have other ways to produce a candidate which is a crude way because section 87 is very clear of the Act that the party must follow a process before producing any candidate.”
Therefore, he further explained that “the most important is that we conducted election on the 3rd and 4th of October and all agencies INEV, Civil Defence, Police, and DSS were there and rhey signed for us and the report was written by the REC that elections were conducted. And unfortunately, for the INEC to say that there was no election, we don’t know where they got their information but we believe they have a report directly from the representative there that election was held in Zamfara state, so, it depends on what they want to do.
“But, in any way, we advise. When the chairman of the committee came out and said there was no election in Zamfara state, we realised it was going to be a litigation issue.
“We quickly rushed to court, we filed, and the case is coming up next week. So, I think there is the only saving grace for the party and INEC for court of competent jurisdiction to give judgement on Zamfara matter, so, there was election,” he said.