The Governor of Zamfara state, Abdul-aziz Yari Abubakar, has threatened the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshimohole over the issue of setting up a reconciliation committee to resolve the party’s internal crisis with some aggrieved members concerning the primary election.
The Governor said that he is ready to go to the grave yard with Oshiomhole if he dares set up that reconciliation committee.
According to the Yari, “if Oshiomhole thinks that his mother and father born him well he should set up the committee”.
The Chairman of the Governors Forum stated this in an interview with the press men.
Meanwhile, It could be recalled that the National Working Committee of APC cancelled the primary election held in Zamfara state held on Wednesday due to harassment and intimidation of voters and snatching of election materials by thugs sponsored by politicians.
This caused a rift between the governor and the National Chairman of APC.
HOW THE PROBLEM STARTED IN ZAMFARA STARTED;
The problems for the APC started when INEC issued a letter to the party, alerting it of its failure to meet its Sunday deadline of holding primaries for elections in Zamfara State.
In the letter signed by the Commission’s acting scribe, Okechukwu Ndeche, INEC said its decision was based on the provisions of Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“Please refer to the Time-table and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections released by the Commission on 9th January 2018.
You would note from the timetable that the conduct of party primaries is scheduled to take place between 18th August and 7th October 2018.
“Kindly also refer to the last schedule communicated by your party to the Commission on the dates of party primaries nationwide, including Zamfara, vide your letter Ref. PC/NHDQ/lNEC/19/18/51 dated 3rd October 2018.
However, report received from our office in Zamfara State shows that no primaries were conducted by your party in the state, notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilized and deployed.
“Consequently, based on the provisions of Sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission does not expect that your party will submit names of any candidate from Zamfara State. For clarity, our position, therefore, is that the All Progressives Congress, APC, will not be fielding candidates for the Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara State for the 2019 General Election.
“Please accept the assurances of the Commission’s highest regards.”
However in the letter dated October 10 and signed by the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the APC said following the high level of friction, disagreements and threats of violence by various political camps before the primaries, all the aspirants met at City King Hotel, Gusau, to find a truce.
“After hours of intense horse-trading, a consensus was reached within the spirit and context of the Electoral Act and the constitution of our party on the basis of which a list was produced which was confirmed/affirmed by all delegates present. This was done in strict compliance with Section 87 (6) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).
“Therefore, the claim in your letter under reference that “no primaries were conducted by your party in the state, notwithstanding that our officials were fully mobilized and deployed” could only be referring to their observation that actual voting did not take place, which is not the only mode prescribed for producing candidates in the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended). We, therefore, affirm that indeed, primaries took place in Zamfara State,” the party said.
However, due to some grievances of some members as regards the APC primary election, some aggrieved members like Uche Nwosu son in-law to Governor of Imo state Governor whose name was substituted with Hope Uzodimma defected to Democratic Peoples Party, (DPP).
The NWC of APC decided to set up a reconciliation committee to appeal the aggrieved members but president Muhammadu Buhari overhauled the decision made by Oshiomhole, said that aggrieved members should be allowed to sue the party.
Meanwhile video of Governor Yari expressing his displeasure over the reconciliation committee has emerged.
Watch the video below….
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