The crisis rocking the All Progressive Congress, APC in Zamfara State has been blamed on former Governor of the state, Abdul Aziz Yari.
Naija News reports that the assertion was made by Alhaji Ahmed Bakare, a political commentator in the state.
According to Bakare, the former governor “knows deep inside his mind that the crisis happening in the party is being caused by him and not senator Yarima or Governor Matawalle.”
Members of Nigeria’s ruling party in the state have been expressing deep concerns over the two known factions within the party led by Governor Bello Matawalle and former Yari, Naija News understands.
Many party faithful have pointed fingers at Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima for being the root of all the political crises in the party. However, Bakare maintained that Matawalle, as governor, is the authentic leader of the party in the state.
Finding more fault on Yari, Bakare said: “Even if Matawalle did not defect to APC, former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari would not have been the leader of APC in the state because he has no political office now.
“The leader of the party if Matawalle did not defect would have been the minister of Humanitarian, Disaster management and Social Development, Hon. Sadiya Umar Farouq, because of her position as a minister.”
Speaking with newsmen in Gusau, the state capital, shortly after the press briefing by the Yari group, the public commentator noted that the same political crisis caused by Yari denied APC the government in the State in 2019, saying that he has started again to deny the party its chances in 2023.
He said: “I want you to know today that initially in 1998, PDP was the original owner of Zamfara state and not the defunct ANPP. But PDP lost that chance due to an internal crisis that rocked the party.
“Even with the internal crisis, PDP clinched seven Local Governments out of the fourteen Local Governments in the state. Ahmed Sani Yarima became the first executive Governor of the state with just a numerical strength.
“And when Yarima became the executive Governor he quickly implemented the Shari’a law and amputated the hands of two young men to put fears in the minds of the people. That was how Yarima finally silenced the PDP in the state,” Bakare said.
“If not due to divine intervention through the supreme court, PDP would never have formed a government in the state in 2019.”
Meanwhile, on his part, Ambassador Lawal Liman Kaura, Chairman of the Yari faction, insists that Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima was the problem of the party in the state.
He told reporters that they were loyal to their political leader, Yari, and not Yarima, stressing that Yari’s faction remains the authentic APC in the state.
Meanwhile, the 2019 governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi, is putting pressure on the headquarters of the party to expel Yari and Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa from the party.
The former APGA national secretary argued that they were the main problem of the party in the state, pointing out that as long as they remain in the party, there would continue to be serious problems in the party.
DAILY POST has claimed that there are two secretariats of the party in the state, one being controlled by Governor Matawalle and his faction while the other is being controlled by Yari’s faction.