Our correspondents

THE first civilian Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima is engaged in what appears to be a game of hide and seek with registration officials sent by the All Progressives Congress to the state.

Yerima, as he is popularly referred to by admirers, was in his hometown Bakura as early as 12pm to revalidate his membership on Saturday. He waited until 10:00pm for registration officials only to be informed to return to his residence in Gusau, the state capital, to be captured.

In Gusau, he waited for several hours only to be told to wait until Sunday. As at 6pm, the former governor who is being linked with moves to join the Peoples Democratic Party was still waiting. Top ranking members of the APC in the state including the immediate past governor, Abdullaziz Yari, have since revalidated their membership.

The exercise which started on February 13, in the state was chaired by Alhaji Karetu Lawal along with six other members who were given mandate by the National Headquarters of the APC to conduct the exercise across the 14 local government councils beginning with the party’s top-ranking members.

An audio clip of a statement made by an APC stalwart from Bakura Local Government Area, Alhaji Bello Dankande-Gamji which has gone viral on social media gave a hint that what was happening to the former governor was pre-arranged.

Gamji said, “Former Governor Ahmed Sani has since in 2019 abandoned the APC and has been romancing with the ruling PDP in Zamfara state.” After accusing the former governor of hobnobbing with the PDP, he said, “Yerima donated heavily to the PDP candidate and also silently campaigned for him (during the last State House of Assembly bye elections).

“We will not allow Yerima to be registered in the APC no matter what will happen and we will resist any pressure from anyone who will try to register him as an APC member.”

When contacted, the former governor maintained that he has remained consistent since joining partisan politics in 1999.

He explained that he has spoken with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni on the issue, stressing that, “I will still wait to see the committee’s final action against me.”