2023: How Jonathan Contributed To Sani Yarima’s APC Ticket Lost – Delegate Reveals
Delegates of Presidential Aspirant, Ahmed Sani Yarima have revealed some reasons why the politician was woefully defeated in the just concluded All Progressives Congress primary election held in Abuja.
Naija News recalls that Yarima only secured four votes at the party’s primary election last Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The process eventually handed APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu the party’s presidential ticket.
Speaking on the development, one of the delegates who participated in the election but pleaded not to be in the print, said supporting former President, Goodluck Jonathan, was one of the reasons why Yarima lost relevance in Zamfara and failed to get support even from his people.
The delegate admitted that though Yarima was popular and well respected in the part of the country, many factors contributed to his political irrelevancies.
The Delegate who spoke with Daily Post in Gusau, Zamfara State capital, said almost 90 per cent of indigenes of the state have lost political interest in the former Governor because of his parochial political strategy.
He said: “We are all aware of the anti-party activities played by senator Ahmed Sani Yarima during the reign of former president Good Luck Jonathan.
“Senator Yarima claimed that he was not a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but he organized 53 Islamic clerics in 2015 to Saudi Arabia to pray for Jonathan against APC he claimed to be his party”
He added: “The funny thing about the whole issue is that senator Ahmed Sani Yarima is a Muslim while former president Good Luck Jonathan is a Christian, then how can such a combination work perfectly ”
“That and other political problems linked to senator Yarima destroyed his political dynasty in the State. Even the locals in the State cannot speak good about the senator”
The political stakeholder explained that when Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari and senator Kabiru Garba Marafa were having political problems within the APC in the State which he said led to factionalizing the party, Yarima refused to amend the cracks on the walls of the party.
He added: “Yarima who claims to be the doyen of Zamfara politics could not call the warring factions to order since he actually made all of them politically but he formed an unholy alliance with Governor Matawalle”
“Even the only 4 votes he got from Zamfara State delegates, 2 came from Bakura, his own Local Government Area while the other two came from Anka Local Government where his mother came from and where he was born”
According to him, Yarima brought former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari to political limelight, but the former Governor has relegated Yarima to the background politically because Yarima sold his political relevance