A parallel governorship primary election was organised by loyalist of Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Yari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in an ongoing crisis that has distabilized the party recently.
The finance commissioner of the state, Mukhtar Idris who is the preferred candidate of Yari, was announced as winner of the primary which took place at APC secretariat in Gusau, the state capital.
The leadership of the ruling party had dissolved the state executive committee and set up a new panel to conduct fresh primaries, ater the primaries initially conducted ended in a bad note.
The leaders then expressed confidence that the APC in the state would not fail to meet the October 7 deadline of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conclusion of primary elections.
However, the APC in Zamfara has still not been able to produce governorship, state and national assemblies candidates for the 2019 elections.
While dissolving the state exco, the NWC had warned Yari not to interfere in the primaries. Hence, it is clear that the party leadership would not accept Idris as its candidate.
Yari had dismissed the action of the NWC, accusing Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling party, of working against the interest of the state.
He also asked the NWC panel not to visit Zamfara for another election, saying he and his followers would resist them.
“We heard that the committee of the chairman is not in consultation with any working committee. He (Oshiomhole) is trying to be a kind of mini-god…The committee he sent to Zamfara state, I want to say it categorically, they should never step into Zamfara for one minute,” he had said while addressing his supporters on Saturday.
“I, Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state, head of government and security, I am saying that the committee sent by Oshiomhole to come and do a dirty job should not dare come into Zamfara state.
“We are ready, including myself, to be taken to the graveyard tomorrow… it’s fight to finish.”
Despite Yari’s threat, the panel visited the state on Sunday but supporters of the governor and Kabir Marafa, a governorship aspirant, clashed and this prevented elections from holding.
At a press briefing on Monday, Gana Mohammed, chairman of the panel, said the materials that were supposed to be used for the elections were still intact.
Mohammed said his committee was preparing to file its report to the leadership of the party.
“A question was asked whether or not the committee that came from Abuja conducted an election in Zamfara state. We did not. We still have our materials and we hope to present our report to the headquarters in Abuja,” he said.
“I and members of my committee still have all our election materials with us.”
Asked the way forward, Yekini Nabena, acting spokesman of the APC, said no decision would be taken until the NWC receives the panel report.
“We’ll have to wait until the committee gets back to Abuja from Zamfara,” he said,