Abdul’Aziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state and Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, is an unhappy man. Yari’s source of unhappiness was the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, refusal to recognise and issue certificate of Return, to Zayyannu Salisu, the governor-elect of the state and other elected National and state House of Assembly members. Salisu had contested the March 9, 2019, election based on a Court order.
Giving by the
underground work done by Yri , in the state,
40 political parties in the state
had joined forces to to mobilise their supporters to vote for the APC Candidate
. The fallout was his victory over the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship Candidate in the state, Bello
As a prelude to forcing the Commission to issue the certificate of Return to the elected APC Candidates in the state including the governor-elect, Yari, the state governor , was said to have made adequate arrangement aftergetting the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari, to approach the Supreme Court on the matter.
According to him, the purpose of going to the apex Court was to seek the interpretation of the ruling for better understanding by the parties. ”I think it is for us to go the Supreme Court sothat theCourt can be able to explain what the judgment is about”, he had said.
An aggrieved Zanfara governor, disclosed that in the Court judgment , ”there was no order or directive of what to be done or what not to be done”, noting that the judgment did not make any announcement regarding the National and state Houses of Assembly in the state and wondered why electoral umpire has refused to give them their certificate of Return.
Giving the unfolding drama in the state, Matawalle, the PDP
, Candidate in state was said to have
advised the ruling APC , leadership in
the state to ”accept its inability
to have approved Candidates in
the last governorship election as act of God
”. The PDP Candidate is looking forward to being declared the governor
-elect of the the state by INEC, since it has won the case against APC, that it
has no right to field Candidates in the
last governorship and states Assembly Election. Yari, the state governor
of the state may have known that the Commission will with that option and
therefore not ready to throw away the mandate freely given to the party by the
Even though the APC, may have won the governorship election of the state, the PDP, had refused to concede victory to him insisting on challenging it the Election tribunal over allegations of cheating during the conduct of the election. Recall that Buba Galadima, a former , Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency, and a one -time Buhari, political ally, and now working closely with Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the PDP .. had raised alarm prior to the governorship election that that ballot papers were being thumb printed in the state government House ahead of the governorship election in the state. Many had expected Mahmood Yakubu, a Professor, and National Chairman of INEC, to react to the allegation but nothing came out of it , fueling speculation that officials in the state , knew what the part may have done.
While Zamfara, APC, fears losing out to PDP, in the state, if INEC , wins their case at the Appeal Court, the Commission ,whic could not hold the last Supplementary governorship in Adamawa state because of a Court ruling has promised to do so on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The Supplementary Election was said to have been put on hold because of a Court ruling in a Suit allegedlyfiled by Mustafa Shaba, the governorship Candidate of the Movement for Restoration and Defence for Democracy, MRDD. Shaba, was said to have filed an ex-parte motion against, INEC, over the omission of the party’s logo on the electoral materials used in the March 9, election.
Meanwhile, the three-man Presidential election tribunal has granted leave to Atiku, the PDP Candidate , to formally serve , Buhari, the APC ,Candidate , the petition , sent to it over the last Presidential election, which he claimed was won by him.As at press time, it could not be ascertained whether Atiku and the PDP, has served him the petition.