Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has said that he is under intense pressure to quit the ruling party along with his considerable supporters.
Yari, who just finished up a meeting with President Buhari, spoke to state house correspondents
He did vow that despite the pressure he would stay with APC and would not dump the party like the other politicians before him.
Yari explained that many of his supporters were irked by the APC leadership’s refusal to acknowledge the Primaries held in Zamfara state the week before.
INEC also placed sanctions on the state, disallowing them from fielding any candidates for the 2019 poll in Zamfara.
Yari did fire off a warning to the APC leadership, stating that any list that does not emanate from the primaries held in the state would not be recognized.
Confronted with his alleged dalliance with PDP, Yari said: “I don’t know whether that is a joke or otherwise.
“But for me, if you check my history since 1998, APP, and 2002 when Buhari joined ANPP, and 2015 APC, no time that I shifted from one party to another. That is not in my culture. So, the issue of leaving the party is not true.
“But some other people are sending rumour through the social media. I have seen my picture with the PDP and other parties. Yes, I cannot deny pressure from the people that we should leave APC but what I told them is that what we are looking for is just justice.
“We conducted election and we want to see what the result is going to look. But I think for anybody to come under the national secretariat and say he is going to nominate a candidate, I think, it is a very huge joke,”
Yari also bemoaned the decision of INEC not to recognize the primaries held in Zamfara despite government agencies including the Resident Electoral Commissioner monitoring the process.
He also added that while there were some hitches in some places, the process was above board and that the affected places were voting didn’t hold will have theirs the next day
“There were hitches somewhere but we decided to suspend the area there were problems until the following day. So, the following day, we continued and we concluded the election by the people nominated by that committee to conduct election but the committee ran away and refused to collate the results.
“So, what we did was that we filed the results and kept it under the watch of those people and waited to see what was going to happen. The second committee waited 32 hours to the closing, we thought the committee would hasten and come up with modalities for the election.”