- Former Zamfara governor, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima has been accused of fuelling crisis in the state
- Yerima was accused of making inciting statements against the judiciary concerning the litigation instituted by some members of the APC
- A faction of the party loyal to another former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, stated that Yerima was frustrated due to his failed presidential bid
Gusau - The faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara loyal to a former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, has slammed Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima over his statement on the litigation, challenging the dissolution of the party executives.
The national caretaker committee of the party being chaired by the Yobe governor, Mai Mala Buni, had announced the dissolution of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the APC in Zamfara following the defection of the state governor, Bello Matawalle, to the party in June this year.
Not satisfied with the dissolution of the executives, Yari’s camp instituted a legal action challenging the action of the caretaker committee.
To further show its disapproval, the camp shunned the recently conducted congresses of the party in the state.
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Speaking on the issue, Yerima had during a meeting at the weekend, said the suit challenging the dissolution of the executives would soon be thrown out.
He said the court would not recognise any faction of the APC in the state, saying:
“Since the national leadership of the party is with the governor, the court cannot do anything.”
Reacting, Yari's camp through its chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman, faulted the former governor’s statement.
“It’s rather unfortunate that Yerima is only interested in politics and issues that further compound the problems of the people of the state.
“Yerima has never commented on the security situation of the state even when his local government (Bakura) was in the eye of the storm, he never found it necessary to raise an ordinary motion on the floor of the Senate where he represented the people for 12 years.
“Just last week, the road leading to Shinkafi from Kaura Namoda was blocked several times, many people were killed and properties were destroyed.
“The same thing happened in Maru, Bungudu, and Tsafe local government areas. Yerima was never heard, either condoling or commiserating with the people. Rather than playing the role of father to all, Yerima’s interest is always on fuelling the feud among party members in the state.
“In the viral video, he was heard advising the governor to demolish the properties of opposition politicians. He seems to be blaming everyone for his failed presidential ambition.
“We don't know when Yerima became a judge. The courts cannot be bought, influenced, or intimidated.”
APC chieftain denies rumours of Yari joining PDP
Meanwhile, APC chieftain and public affairs commentator, Musa Dangusau recently debunked rumours that Yari may defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Dangusau stated that the stories were sponsored by new entrants in the party uncomfortable with Yari's popularity.
He added that certain underhand dealings and surreptitious manipulations have exposed plans by persons with vested interests to orchestrate campaigns of calumny against the former governor of Zamfara.
Prominent Zamfara indigene lampoons Matawalle's leadership style
On his part, Suleman Tukura, a public affairs commentator based in Samaru, Gusau, the Zamfara capital, has lamented over the leadership style of Governor Matawalle.
In an opinion piece sent to Legit.ng, Tukura stated that:
“The governor obviously has no strategy; he is neither here nor there; he has no time to meet with his appointees to discuss issues of concerns to the state and the way forward.”