AbulAziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara State, has warned his successor and incumbent governor, Bello Matawalle, to be prepared to lose his position should he defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Yari said this while distributing the N1.3 billion assorted grains he purchased for the APC supporters as Ramadan gift at the APC state secretariat in Gusau, the state capital, on Sunday.
Reports have been rife in recent weeks that Governor Matawalle elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to defect to the APC.
But speaking on Sunday, Yari, who was represented at the event by Kabiru Marafa, a former senator, said nobody had informed them either verbally or in writing that Matawalle was defecting to the APC.
He noted that if the reports turn out to be true, the incumbent governor must be prepared to lose his position based the Supreme Court’s verdict that brought him (Matawalle) to power in 2019.
According to the former governor, the apex court has not vacated its order nullifying the election of the APC candidates in 2019 and announcing the PDP candidates as winners, who are to remain in power till 2023.
“As such, until after that period, any PDP elected officer who defects to another party must also vacate his seat going by the court’s judgment,” he said.
Yari said Governor Matawalle is being misled by some people to join the APC “forgetting the circumstances that have made him to become the governor of the state”.