- Former governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari,, has said he is not leaving the APC for the PDP or any other party
- Yari who reacted through his former chief of staff, Abdullahi Abdulkarim-Tsafe, said the rumours about his purported plan to defect to the PDP are not true
- Abdulkarim-Tsafe also said the allegations will not stop Yari from running for the national chairmanship of the APC
Gusau, Zamfara state - Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara state, has said he has no plans to defect dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or any other political party.
The Nation reported that Yari's former chief of staff, Abdullahi Abdulkarim-Tsafe, in a statement in Gusau, said the social media posts on the former governor’s purported plan to defect to the PDP are a hoax.
“To our concerned party members, friends, associates and the general public, our attention has been drawn to the false news being circulated over social media and some print media by some unscrupulous and under-baked attention-seeking moronic elements.
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“For the records, there has never been a time that the former Governor of Zamfara, Abdul’aziz Yari ever had anything to do with the PDP.
“He has always been, right from his early days in politics, with the All People Party, All Nigerian People’s Party, and the All Progressive Congress, and has never had interest in being a member of the PDP."
He added that the allegations that former governor was sharing cars, monies and making threats to some PDP members are "false, baseless, laughable, lies".
The statement added:
“Note that as a seasoned politician, Abdul’aziz Yari would never engage in any anti/multi-party activities neither would he break the party oath just to score some cheap points.
“These are the handiworks of mischief-makers who are bent on tarnishing his image."
Rumours will not stop Yari from working for APC's success
Abdulkarim-Tsafe further said the "lies" and "uncooked rumours" will not stop former Governor Yari from working with the APC members to achieve success in the days ahead.
He added that the allegations will not stop Yari’s intention and decision to run for the national chairmanship of the APC, The Punch also reported.
Former Kano governor speaks on defecting from PDP to APC
In a related development, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano state, has spoken on the possibility of defecting to the APC ahead of 2023.
Appearing as a guest on Arise News TV on Friday, October, the former governor was asked if he will consider returning to the APC amid the crisis rocking the PDP.
Responding, Kwankwaso said:
“I am still a member of the PDP."