In apparent reaction to President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would recapture Zamfara State in the 2015 general elections, the state governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the president’s assertion as a fluke, as PDP could not win the state.
The president had at the recently held North-West Unity/Solidarity rally of the PDP in Kaduna declared that although Zamfara has been a ‘friendly’ state, the PDP would reclaim it alongside Kano and Sokoto states.
However, in a swift reaction to the president’s declaration, Governor Yari told newsmen in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital that the PDP-led Federal Government had failed to provide the basic amenities needed to transform the country.
According to him, “after 15 years of democracy, things like water, electricity, housing, job creation, among others, have remained elusive to the common people.
“Yet, everyday, hundreds of people are unjustly killed in the name of terrorism, armed banditry and cattle rustling. The insecurity situation is assuming a very dangerous dimension”.
Gov. Yari added that the turnout of thousands of unemployed youth at the botched Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment exercise also clearly indicated that the country was on the verge of social explosion.
“Anyone interested in our politics will agree with me that we have always remained in the opposition. Our position has not change. And in 2015, it will not change neither”, he said.
He insisted that no amount of propaganda and blackmail would give the PDP an edge over APC, saying, “Simply put it on record, PDP will not win the state. It will remain in our hands”.