By Ayo Kehinde
In a swift reaction to the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disqualify and bar party executives at all levels in Zamfara State from participating in the rescheduled APC primaries in the state, Governor Abdul’aziz Yari has lashed out at National Party Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, calling him a dictator.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, Yari said: “our issue is with the National Secretariat of APC where Adams Oshiomhole continued be a dictator to party members, he acts as a mini god.’’
“You know, there is ongoing issue regarding the APC governorship primaries in the state, where the national headquarters sent a committee to conduct the election. It was very unfortunate that the committee cancelled the election on Wednesday.
“We heard that the National Working Committee had dissolved the APC executive in the state and also send the same committee to Zamfara to repeat the exercise.
“I want to call on the national headquarters of the party that we will not accept the decision and we are not satisfied with the committee, we don’t have confidence in that committee.
“I am warning members of that committee that they should never come to Zamfara, they should never put their legs in this state, and anything that happens to them, Adams Oshiomhole should be held responsible.
“We will continue with this decision until the national leadership of the party are ready to do justice,”
Explaining the new directive imposing the disqualification and ban on all party and government officials in the state, the NWC, according to a statement by acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said “this is in compliance with an order of the court to that effect. Therefore, all affected officers should not play any role in the rescheduled primaries.
“Furthermore, the Governorship primaries for Zamfara State will hold tomorrow October 6 2018 while the Legislative primaries will hold on Sunday 7th October, 2018. Government officials are warned not to interfere in the process.”, he concluded.
Unfazed by the party directive, Yari has called out his supporters for a peaceful protest at 10 a.m Saturday at the police station to register their protest against the decision of the Oshiomhole led Exco.
“I am calling on all our members to come out and storm the state Police Headquarters tomorrow (Saturday) by 10 am for peaceful protest,” he said at a press conference in Gusau.
“We will continue with this decision until the national leadership of our party do what is right on this matter.”
Like other aggrieved state governors such as Anayo Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, seeking to impose his son-in-law, Nwosu as successor, Nasri el- Rufai in Kaduna, doing all he can to replace arch-enemy Senator Shehu Sani with Uba Sani, against the position of the party’s NWC, Yari is being resisted by a group of aspirants on the platform of G8 against his plan to anoint his commissioner of finance as the sole governorship candidate of APC in the state.
The G8, are a former governor of the state Aliyu Shinkafi, a serving Senator, Kabiru Marafa, and Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, including his deputy, Ibrahim Wakala.
Others include, Aminu Sani Jaji, Alhaji Dauda Lawal, Alhaji Abu Mahaji and Sagir Hamidu.
The governorship primaries held on Wednesday was cancelled by the party’s national secretariat and a fresh one for the governorship is expected to hold on Saturday, while the legislative would hold on Sunday, October 8..
According to Abu Fari, chairman of the election panel, the cancellation was due to harassment and intimidation of voters and snatching of election materials by thugs sponsored by politicians.