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Jitters of Yari-Tinubu connection brewing lies and mischief

Jitters of Yari-Tinubu connection brewing lies and mischief
October 03
13:27 2021

BY IBRAHIM MADUGU

The visit of Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara state, to the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in London, has sent jitters to many political camps in Zamfara.

The immediate byproduct of such fear was the bunch of lies from speculators on the purpose of the visit. The biggest of such was the hysteria that the two political heavyweights are working to come up with a new political party that will wrestle power from the APC in 2023.

Ordinarily, one would not pay attention to such mischief except for the concerns that such illusions and nightmares when repeated can deceive the gullible and unsuspecting minds.

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A little step in the recent engagements of former governor Yari would be enough to demystify the antics of these speculations. In July 2021, after the Eid-el-Kabir festival, Yari had a consultative meeting with major stakeholders of APC from all the senatorial zones in Zamfara at his hometown of Talata Mafara. The meeting took place in four sessions with all party stalwarts from the 147 wards of the state in attendance.

In the last session of the series, former governor Yari made the historical declaration that demonstrated his commitment.

On a podium with the APC constitution in his hand, he declared in an unambiguous way to the mammoth gathering that he would never decamp from APC. In his words, “I rather accept a situation of impoverishment and come back home to tilt the inherited farmland of my father than leave the APC.” He continued, “the reason is simple, it is not brave enough nor in our character to leave the house we built”.

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Yari used the opportunity to narrate the story of how he, as the then governor of Zamfara state, was among the 11 serving governors of then legacy parties of ANPP, ACN and CPC that came together to form the APC, they later joined hands with the new PDP comprising of five governors and other top political heavyweights to win the 2015 general election.

Party members who were not close to Yari – particularly the new entrants to APC – were surprised and taken aback by this declaration. More so, considering all the assurances the new entrants were given by “Abuja politicians” that Yari will leave the party a day after they (the new entrants) defected from their party to APC. But those close to Yari were not surprised because they know how the former governor talks about the foundational role he played in building the party and his commitment to stand by it, come sun or rain.

The interesting thing in all these concoctions of lies, like the one at hand, is that their sources and financiers are easily predictable. After two years of running a government without any direction since 2019, the PDP-led government of Zamfara wanted to cowardly reap where it didn’t sow by defecting to the APC through the window.

The leading reason for their desperation to come to APC was the genuine political reconciliation that emerged from governor Yari and senator Marafa groups among others that left no space for the PDP government to imagine victory at the polls in 2023.

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The basic calculation was that the governor Yari-led team will be frustrated out of APC by the forced decamping move. To their surprise, Yari’s commitment to APC even increased by his assistance to cater for the new party members trooping from PDP. This was a great shocker to the mediocre who didn’t mean well for APC and the state.

Obviously, their biggest shocker was when they saw the relevance of Yari in the national matrix of the party waxing with the London visit to the party leader, senator Tinubu, among others. Party stakeholders with healthy minds who know the historical antecedents of APC will be surprised that Yari’s visit to Tinubu was a point of mischief.

Pertinent questions such as how far was 2013 that people forget the role played by the two political giants in forming APC? Where were these actors of mischief when Tinubu’s house in Lagos was sieged with armored vehicles and battle-ready army?

Remember the poster “This is not Sambisa Forest. Wrong posting” on the fence of Tinubu’s house on Bourdillon Road in Lagos in protest of the siege. Where were they when Yari hosted the convention in Gusau that saw the formation of APC? Were they even aware that it was Yari who sourced the money to settle ANPP caucus who felt that the merger would not take place until they were paid their investment in building the party?

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Answers to these questions are very simple; while Yari and Tinubu were busy forming, building and preparing the APC to defeat the PDP, the new APC champions were in PDP looting and sharing monies meant for arms purchase to fight Boko Haram in Sambisa! The evidence to this was the fact that some of them went into self-exile after President Buhari was declared winner of the election for fear of their actions. They came back to Nigeria only after making various refunds of the arms’ money they looted.

It is therefore not surprising that these people are jittery with Yari’s visit to the elder statesman and APC party leader, senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Their envy clouds their thinking and they forget that APC is a house that was built with the heavy presence of Yari and Tinubu’s hands. That Yari visited Tinubu in London should have been interpreted by healthy minds as a move to make the house stronger.

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They both have a common history of sticking to their party come what may. Tinubu never abandoned his party even when the going got tough during the Obasanjo era. Obasanjo swept the whole of south-west except Lagos! Yari, like Tinubu, never changed political parties except for reasons of change of name (APP to ANPP) and political merger (ANPP to APC).

These two are too politically involved and informed and they have risen above devilish conjunctures of their novice opponents.

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Madugu writes from Gusau, Zamfara.



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