2019: Masses attack Zamfara Gov in Gusau
Governor Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State has condemned attack on his convoy by All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters who, he said, are loyalists to aggrieved governorship aspirants in the state.
Alhaji Habibu Mafara, an APC supporter in Gusau alleged that poor people in the State, upset by the “grossly underperforming governor” three pebbles at his convoy to show their “disenchantment with the incumbent governor”.
However, Yari, in a statement issued on Sunday in Gusau by Malam Ibrahim Dosara, his Special Adviser on Media and Public Enlightenment, cautioned his own loyalists to desist from revenge.
He urged people of the state to be law-abiding citizens and avoid any form of violence in the name of politics.
“Any law-abiding citizen needs to respect the peaceful atmosphere concerning politics in Zamfara.”
The governor said that his administration had done a lot to stop loyalists and all youths, especially supporters of APC, from engaging in any activity that would endanger the peace among political associations and parties.
He urged politicians to enlighten their supporters on peace and stability in relations to all political associations and gatherings
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some APC supporters had attacked the governor’s convoy at Lalan Roundabout in Gusau on Sunday as he was travelling to Kaduna.
The seven aggrieved governorship hopefuls including the deputy governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, had organised a rally in Gusau on Sunday, where a multitude of their supporters turned out to receive them.
While the rallying aspirants and their supporters were coming into town,they ran into the governor’s convoy and the irate supporters attacked the governor’s motorcade destroying glasses.
However, the quick intervention of the mobile police and governor’s security details who fired gunshots in the air, dispersed the mob.
NAN reports that calm has since been restored in the state capital after the confrontation.
The Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari administration has recently been suffeeing from a slip in popularity due to what Alhaji Mafara described as “the ravaging poverty, deficit of infrastructure, confusion and alarming level of insecurity in the State”.
It would be recalled that a group of 7 other governorship aspirants tackled the governor over his alleged impunity regarding which candidate should contest for what elective office in 2019.
The recent slip in the popularity of Governor Yari, according to pundits signposts his dwindling political fortunes ahead of 2019.