The Committee charged with the task of conducting the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Zamfara has canceled the exercise that held on Wednesday.
The Chairman of the committee, Dr Abubakar Fari, announced the cancellation at a press briefing held in the premises of the Police Command in the state.
Fari said that the election was canceled three times in less than 10 days due to disagreement and factionalisation of the party in the state.
He lamented that the exercise was marred by irregularities, intimidation and snatching of ballot boxes by irate youths and other political thugs.
“l want to tell you that we have evidence that many government officials were involved in this unfortunate situation and we have no other option but to cancel the exercise.
“We will compile our report and submit to our national secretariat which sent us to the state for the election, and it is only then that a new date will be fixed for the election,” he said.
He said the local government areas mostly affected by the situation included Gusau, Tsafe, Talata-Mafara, Maru and Bungudu.
In his reaction, Gov. Abdul’Aziz Yari told journalists that Fari’s submissions on the matter were “unfounded and hold no water.”
Yari accused the committee of partiality and serving the interest of some individuals, and declared that ” we will go ahead with this election with or without the supervision of the committee”.
The governor insisted that the issues that led to the change of date of the poll had since been resolved and members of the party were to go on with the exercise while the committee was deliberately delaying it.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the election was hijacked by political thugs and violence which took the combined efforts of security agents to contain. (NAN)