The Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has said that his political expertise played a pivotal role in ensuring success for the ruling APC party at the polls in Zamfara state, despite the crisis that trailed the party in the state.
“In my state, there were only seven or eight people contesting for the governship position and I have said it that if I could preside over primaries where 18 people contested and succeeded, why can’t I manage eight, nine or 10 in my state? I have been on ground since 1999 to date and I know the system and how it works. I have been party secretary, party chairman, House of Representative and a two-term Governor, is with this experience that I was able to manage.
Stressing further, Yari said “I have said it times without number, I am the first chairman, who oversaw the pioneer direct primaries in Osun State with 18 candidates contesting for the governorship position of the state. They were all high profile candidates including the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, many former permanent secretaries, the speaker of the state house of Assembly, the secretary to the government of the state. I have said it repeatedly that if my colleagues can accept direct primaries, it is the simplest system that will involve every member in the party.
“Unfortunately there were a lot of misunderstanding between the party in the state and the national body but in the end we ended in the court and the court gave the verdict and INEC compiler. Though it came late, but if you are with the grassroots definitely everything must work well. The people appreciated what we have been doing and when it came to voting, they voted wisely.”
Yari, who was in the Presidential Villa to observe the Juma’at prayers, also said that direct primaries was the only way to carry every party member in the state along.