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Youths attack gov’s convoy over APC guber ticket

Youths attack gov’s convoy over APC guber ticket

Some aggrieved supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have attacked the convoy of Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, at Lalan Roundabout in Gusau. 

The incident happened on Sunday when the governor was travelling to Kaduna. Seven aggrieved governorship hopefuls, including the deputy governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, had organised a rally in Gusau on Sunday, where a multitude of their supporters turned out to receive them. Yari has endorsed one of the governorship aspirants, Muktar Shehu Idris.

But the aggrieved governorship aspirants have rejected the decision, prompting the rally. While the aspirants and their supporters were coming into town, they ran into Yari’s convoy and the irate youths attacked the governor’s motorcade, destroying glasses. However, the quick intervention of the mobile police and governor’s security details, who fired gunshots in the air, dispersed the mob. Calm has since been restored in the state capital after the confrontation.

The governor has condemned the attack on his convoy by APC supporters loyal to aggrieved governorship aspirants in the state. Yari, in a statement by Malam Ibrahim Dosara, his Special Adviser on Media and Public Enlightenment, cautioned his loyalists to desist from revenge. He urged people of the state to be law-abiding and avoid any form of violence in the name of politics. “Any law-abiding citizen needs to respect the peaceful atmosphere concerning politics in Zamfara,” he said.

The governor said that his administration had done a lot to stop loyalists and all youths, especially supporters of APC, from engaging in any activity that would endanger the peace among political associations and parties. He urged politicians to enlighten their supporters on peace and stability in relations to all political associations and gatherings. Meanwhile, the seven governorship aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 general elections in Zamfara State have called for direct primaries. The call was made during a joint rally organised by the supporters of the aspirants in Gusau. In his remarks, Alhaji Mamuda Shinkafi, a former governor of the state and one of the aspirants, said that the rally was organised to draw the attention of the party at the national level to the issue of imposition of candidates.

Shinkafi said: “We will continue to be loyal to the party and governments at all levels; however, our only concern is justice and equity to the entire citizens of the state.” He said what was needed in the state was true democratic process that gives equal opportunity to every party member to participate. He said no one was after the candidature of anybody but the concern was imposition of candidates by the state governor.

The seven aspirants, in their separate speeches, considered direct primaries as the only way to sustain the unity of the party in the state. The aspirants agreed that one person would finally emerge as the candidate under the platform of the party. They underscored the need for transparent primaries that would lead to the choice of an acceptable candidate. The aspirants are Shinkafi, Wakkala, Alhaji Aminu Sani Jaji, Sagir Hamidu, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (rtd), Mr. Abu Magaji and Dauda Lawan Dare.

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