Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has attributed the successes recorded by the All Progressives Congress during the February 23 and March 9 general elections in the state to ‘divine intervention,’ despite the party’s crisis.
Yari disclosed this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the APC was allowed to field candidates for all the elections in the state just a week before the first day of 2019 general elections (February 23) when a Court of Appeal in Sokoto, Sokoto State, reversed an earlier decision of a lower court, which had banned the party from the elections.
The Zamfara State Collation Officer, Prof. Kabir Bala of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, had announced that the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, won the February 23 presidential election in the state with 438,682 votes; while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, garnered 125,423 votes.
Bala also disclosed that the APC won the three senatorial seats and the seven seats in the House of Representatives from the state in the February 23 presidential and parliamentary elections.
He said the APC governorship candidate won the state governorship election with 534,541 to defeat Bello Muhammad Mutawalle of the PDP who got 189,452. The APC also won all the 24 seats in the Zamfara State House of Assembly.
Yari, who spoke to State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday, said he was happy with the outcome of the elections, saying that it was God that gave this political victory to the APC in the state.
He said: “You know the turmoil that Zamfara elections put on Nigeria — disagreements upon disagreements, from the party to court and then to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“Then, we went back to court and finally under 24 hours, we were cleared and we were back on the ballot box.
“Only God has done this and given us the victory.
“I am very happy with the outcome of the elections. I also want to appreciate my people, despite the fact that some people felt I was carried away by the activities at the centre, insinuating I abandoned the seat, especially with the security problem, but the people are aware of what the administration has been doing and they appreciate it.
“Despite the daily attacks, the security agencies were up and doing and their presence in the state was well appreciated by the people.
“They also appreciated the efforts of Mr. President which took us to where we are. Like I said only God could have done it.’’
The governor also disclosed that he had succeeded in reconciling all the aggrieved APC aspirants in the state.