The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, has accused Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari of plotting to unleash violence during the state All Progressives Congress (APC) primary.
The Senator who urged members of the party in the state to remain calm and come out for the primaries insisted that he has uncovered alleged threats of violence by Gov. Yari.
Marafa who is contesting to be the governorship candidate of the party called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the alleged threat made by Yari.
Marafa stated that Yari had, while addressing newsmen in Gusau, the state capital, threatened to cause a crisis that would lead to a bloodbath in the state if he does not clinch the ticket.
The Senator alleged that Yari had said: ‘There is going to be a bloodshed if the election is held in that way and I’m the one to provide security for the peaceful conduct of the exercise.’
In a statement urging President Buhari and the IG to stop Yari from killing innocent people over party primaries, Marafa said:
“It is unfortunate that a Governor that has turned a blind eye to the death of thousands will threaten to cause a bloodbath in his state because of party issues. What a shame?
For me, my ambition is premised on the need to salvage the state from total collapse. It is not a do-or-die affair. The lives of our people are more important. No stone would be left unturned in protecting the lives and property of our people.”
He added that audio clips of the Governor’s threats would be made available to the President, the IGP, all relevant security agencies, and the international community.