Apc’s Ouster In Zamfara Ordained By God – Gov Yari

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Sunday said it would commence investigation into the petitions against ex-governor Abdulaziz Yari by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the 2019 elections, Sani Shinkafi, after ascertaining that they had merit. The commission spoke in response to enquiries by The PUNCH to confirm if the acknowledged stamped copy had been received and if investigation had commenced. The PUNCH reported that Shinkafi had in a petition demanded that the EFCC should commence investigation into the tenure of Yari and the immediate-past Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Abdulahi Shinkafi. According to him, the former SSG should be invited to defend his claim that the administration of Yari spent N35bn on the procurement of vehicles for security agencies as well as relief materials for Internally Displaced Persons. The spokesperson of the EFCC, Tony Orilade, informed The PUNCH that investigation would commence to ascertain if the petition had merit or otherwise. He said, “To answer your question succinctly, Sir, going by the acknowledged petition you sent to us now, the first thing is to confirm if the acknowledged stamp on the document in question is indeed from us. That I shall do tomorrow (Monday). “Once received, it will be sorted, assigned and investigation will commence to ascertain if the petition has merit or otherwise. Thereafter, the petitioner will be invited to adopt his petition; thereafter, discreet investigation would commence. From the forgoing, you will agree with me that it is a process…not a one-off activity.”

Zamfara civil servants on Saturday bade the outgoing state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, farewell at the last Ramadan breakfast of his eight years tenure as governor.

The labour leader in the state, Bashir Mafara, at the governor’s private residence in Talata-Mafara, commended the governor.

“Your Excellency has made remarkable achievements that have now made the state better than it was and your relationship with the workers have been relatively cordial.

“Sir, while commending you for the release of N2 billion recently to offset the backlog of pensions, we also want to plead with you to offset all outstanding debt before you finally exit next week.
“We wish you luck in all your future endeavours as you finally leave office as governor and pray that your successor continues with the good work,” he said.

Also, the Speaker, Sanusi Rikiji, who prayed Allah not to put the governor to shame as he handed over, assured the outgoing chief executive that “we shall continue to follow your guide as our leader”.

The speaker urged all APC supporters in the state to be “patient, steadfast and supportive of each other as we leave office and government as a party.”

Responding, Mr Yari said that “everything that has a beginning must have an end; I wish to give thanks to Almighty Allah for seeing us through this day and to assure you that even though I’m now exiting as governor, we will continue to meet in different capacities to discuss matters of mutual interest.

“l thought my successor would come from our party, but the Supreme Court judgment says no. I am now praying that the new leaders will work for the peace, unity and prosperity of our state.

“The incoming administration should also consolidate on our efforts, especially in tackling banditry which has bedevilled the state over the years.

“l also wish to draw the attention of all our supporters and members of our party, the APC, to remain calm because we have already accepted yesterday’s (Friday) Supreme Court Judgment nullifying our state party primaries and the elections.

“As Muslims, we believe that whatever happens has since been ordained by Allah and He alone knows what the future holds for us,” he concluded.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Supreme Court in Abuja cancelled the election that gave victory to the APC in the governorship, state and national assembly elections for failure to conduct an acceptable party primaries.

The court also directed that all the positions should now go to the political parties and candidates with the second highest number of votes, a development which gave the mandate of the governorship position to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). (NAN)