*Insists APC can’t appear on ballot paper
By Ikechkwu Okaforadi
A recent polls conducted by some nonpolitical organizations in Zamfara state have revealed that the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) is ranked seventy five per cent ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the governorship election scheduled for March 2nd in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the gubernatorial candidate of APGA, Sani Shinkafi, has revealed.
Speaking to journalists yesterday in Abuja, Shinkafi, who said no party will beat him in the governorship election, also insisted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not conduct any primary elections in the state as required by the Constitution of Nigeria, as therefore, will not be allowed to field any candidates in the state for the general elections.
Shinkafi, who raised the alarm that the incumbent Governor in the state, Abdullazeez Yari, has injected $2.5 million into the judiciary both in Abuja and in Sokoto State, for the procurement of judgment to nullify the Abuja High Court which barred INEC from including APC in the ballot paper for the election in the state, explained that Yari is afraid that he (Shinkafi) will jail him when he is elected as Zamfara Governor in March.
In addition, he rejected the impression that the Rivers political scenario will playout in Zamfara, saying both situations are clearly different, according to him, “in Rivers, there were primary elections conducted by the two factions of the APC, but in the case of Zamfara State, there was no primary election until the time provided by INEC for the elections elapsed.”
The APGA governorship candidate also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to be intimidated into shifting the Zamfara election because of the high level of insecurity in the state, saying that would be granting the wishes of Governor Abdulazeez Yari, saying this will work against APGA and other likeminded opposition parties in the state.
To this end, however, Shinkafi cautioned the federal government to intervene quickly to stem the tide of security siege being laid against the State by Governor Yari, whom he said many people in the State believe, knows the bandits, even as he described the killings as having strong political undertone, since some officials of the Governor are traced to have links with the bandits.
Expressing doubts over the capacity of INEC to conduct credible elections in the State given the security siege in over 180 wards in the state, Shinkafi enjoined the commission to create alternative polling units in the areas where people are now living as refugees to ensure that eligible voters are not disenfranchised. He said the federal government and the APC should be held responsible for any bloodletting in the elections.
Meanwhile, he disclosed that his team has restricted their campaigns to the major city centers and some local governments in the state because of the heightening insecurity in the state, which he said now has many no go areas where the bandits strike anytime without provocation.