The immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, has cautioned the current governor of Zamfara State, who is alleged to be planning to defect from the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, not to cross-carpet or risk losing his seat.
Former Governor Yari pointed out that Matawalle came to power in 2019 as a result of a Supreme Court decision, and that if he does defect, he will lose his seat as Governor of the State, leaving only a PDP nominee in power until 2023.
Former Governor Yari made the remarks at the APC secretariat in Gusau on Sunday, during the distribution of N1.3 billion in assorted grains he had purchased as Ramadan gifts for APC supporters.
Senator Kabiru Marafa, who represented Yari, said that the APC has yet to obtain a verbal or written request from Gov. Matawalle to defect to the APC.
He, however, cautioned that the apex court nullified the election of the APC candidates in 2019 and announced the PDP candidates as winners who would 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 Matawalle was being misled by some people to join the APC “forgetting the circumstances that have made him to become the governor of the state.