From Salisu Maradun, Gusau
Seven strong and influential governorship aspirants vying for the governorship seat of Zamfara State have teamed up to challenge the unilateral decision taken by the incumbent State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari to impose his candidate, a decision they said must be rescinded.
The seven aspirants include, the Minister of Defence Alhaji Mansur Dan Ali, Engr Abu Magaji Gusau, Alhaji Dauda Lawan Dare and the current Deputy Governor of the State Malam Ibrahim Wakkala.
Others are Arch Sagir Hamidu, former governor of the state, Alhaji Mahmud Shinkafi and Alhaji Sani Jaji, a serving House of Representatives member.
The group, popularly called “Group of seven”, converged on the Gusau old aerodrome to express their grievances over the situation where hundreds of thousands of their supporters gathered to witness their disagreement.
At the occasion, all the seven aspirants spoke with one voice, calling on the people of the state to ignore the decision as they are doing everything legally possible to ensure that realities are faced.
In his remark, the deputy governor of the state, Ibrahim Wakkala stated that they are not out for violence, but for justice and fairness to prevail, as according to him, the decision taken by the governor in fielding a candidate was not legal, adding that even the entire people of the state were not happy over the development. “We are not fighting anyone, but we are calling on those who matter to think twice because we would not fold our arms and allow injustice and dishonesty to take over the affairs of our dear state.”
Also speaking, the former governor of the state who is among the group of seven, Alhaji Mahmud Shinkafi, explained that what is currently taking place in the polity of Zamfara is an act of infringing the rights of the entire people of the state, and that gone are the days when such thing will come and go unchallenged. “This decision must be challenged, and we will follow it to its logical conclusion,” he added.
Virtually, the whole people of the state are against the choice of Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu Idris as the sole candidate under the ruling APC of the state, which also led to the protest by different groups and organisations across the state.
Meanwhile, one of the aggrieved aspirants, Alhaji Dauda Lawan Dare while speaking to The AUTHORITY shortly after the commissioning of his campaign office, explained that they are in the race with the aim of saving the state from the condition in which it found itself today.
According to him, the state has been rated as the most backward one educationally and economically, “and that is why we came in order to rid it of these problems, because it is our state, otherwise nobody from outside will come to salvage it.”