APC Senator fingers Governor Yari as the influencer of polls’ shift


Accusing fingers have been pointed at the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari as being responsible for the postponement of the 2019 general elections, with a call on the authorities to hold him to account for his misdeeds.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) senator representing Zamfara Central, Kabiru Marafa, who made the accusation recalled that the governor had “boasted” that except his candidates are included in the ballot papers there would be no elections in the country.
Excerpts from the Senator’s statement issued on Sunday, February 17, 2019 reads:
“During the grand finale of his illegal campaign rallies in his hometown, Talata Mafara, Zamfara on Friday, 8th February, he rained abuses and said unprintable things on the person of INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood, and swore that unless his candidates are enlisted to contest, there won’t be elections in Zamfara state and the entire country. Now it has come to pass, what next?
“I’m calling on the authorities to hold Yari and his accomplices responsible for this treasonable sabotage against the country, Nigerians and humanity in general. Just search on the internet, including YouTube, you will see the stories and videos of where Yari stated emphatically that unless his candidates are accepted, elections won’t hold in Zamfara state and Nigeria,” he said.
The lawmaker further explained that when Mr Yari conducted “illegal primaries”, he drew the attention of Nigerians and the world on the dangers inherent in accepting the ”abuse of the laws”.
“Instead of being reprimanded, Yari went ahead to the courts to legalise his illegality. Today, the APC has abandoned its earlier position, that it only had a consensus, to supporting Yari’s illegal election. This is very sad and unfortunate.
“I am not surprised that immediately after the announcement of the postponement, Yari’s boys rushed to the media, radio stations jubilating that they have succeeded. This unfortunate incidence should be probed and condemned by all lovers of the country.
“This is the time to tell Yari and his co-travellers, that Nigeria is bigger than them and their collective ambitions.”

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