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Gov Yari Meets PMB Over Zamfara APC Crisis



President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, met behind closed doors with Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Governor Yari, who was visiting the presidential villa for the second time since the conduct of the controversial All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Zamfara, was accompanied by Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State. It was gathered that Yari would use the opportunity of the meeting to update President Buhari on the political happenings in Zamfara before, during and after the `failed’ APC primaries in the state. The APC National Working Committee panel sent to Zamfara for the conduct of the APC primaries had failed to organise the exercise, citing security challenges.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had in a letter, addressed to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said the APC would not be allowed to field candidates for National Assembly, governorship and state assembly in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. The INEC letter, which was signed by its acting secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche, explained that its decision was hinged on the fact that the party had failed to conduct primaries for National Assembly, governorship and state assembly before the expiration of its INEC Oct 7 deadline. It said that the party had run foul of the provisions of sections 87 and 31 of the Electoral Act 2010.But Oshiomhole faulted the electoral commission, saying the APC had conducted primaries in Zamfara, as such has candidates for all elective positions during the 2019 general elections. A governorship aspirant, Sen Kabiru Marafa, had also backed INEC, claiming the APC neither conducted primaries nor agreed on candidates through consensus up to the expiration of the Oct 7 deadline. NAN reports that Gov Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, who was reported to have threatened to dump APC for Accord Party on the outcome of the primaries, also met with the president behind closed doors.