From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
An alleged unruly brawl between supporters of former governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi and those of the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Senator Hassan Nasiha, yesterday barred the conduct of primary elections as scheduled.
Sources from the PDP revealed that, there was an underground crusade, following alleged connivance between the party Chairman and Bello Muhammad Matawalle, who is one of the five aspirants in contesting terms, that a new list of delegates was designed to replace the legitimately elected delegates that would vote under manipulation.
Another reliable source allegedly claimed that, all efforts by the party stakeholders to resolve the matter amicably proved abortive as powerful brains behind the controversial plans were reported to have insisted on recognising the new list, the development which believed would not work in favour of the former governor, Mahmud Shinkafi.
There was further allegation that the situation compelled the former governor who was reported to have lost his temper to give the party Chairman a dirty slap, before other party members around quickly intervened to prevent two-fighting between the icons of the party.
According to the source, “The situation became worse, when the information reached the awaiting teeming supporters of the two aspirants outside the meeting hall of the party headquarters, as a brawl broke out to freeze all political activities within the premises”.
According to him, all the party leaders and the five aspirants as well as other stakeholders were said to have been invited by the state Commissioner of Police for the resolution of misunderstandings that prevented the party’s gubernatorial primary election to hold as expected.
All efforts to accost the embattled party Chairman, Senator Hassan Nasiha and the former governor, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi proved abortive, as their cell phones were repeatedly replying switched-off.
Responding, the state Commissioner of Police, Baba Tijjani said there was no report indicating that the party Chairman was slapped by any of the aspirants in their record, but rather, the party leaders and the aspirants were in his office over the battle of political interests, upon which he claimed that, being that the issue was purely political, they were advised to go back to settle the matter at the party headquarters.