The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Zamfara has explained why Governor Abdulaziz Yari and other key party figures did not participate in Saturday’s local government elections in the state.
Speaking with journalists in Talata-Mafara on Sunday, Sani Mono, the party’s scribe in the state, said it was a deliberate move to ascertain the capacity of upcoming party chieftains to handle such critical election matter.
“They did not participate in the election because they wanted to see if they have successfully nurtured the party’s upcoming leaders in the state,” he said.
The News agency of Nigeria reports that the governor and all national assembly members from the state were absent during the polls.
The election was, however, boycotted by the main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to the party in a statement by its state chairman, Hassan Nasiha, the PDP would not participate in an election organised by a government it was challenging its credibility at the Supreme Court.
The APC state secretary, however, chided the PDP, saying that its boycott of the local councils polls was because the PDP was “afraid of defeat.”