In a surprising turn of events, former Zamfara State governor, Senator Abdulaziz Yari, has come forward to accuse fellow senators of betraying him in the race for the Senate Presidency seat. The All Progressives Congress (APC), Yari’s political party, had initially chosen Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom as their preferred candidate for the prestigious position.
During the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly on Tuesday, Godswill Akpabio emerged victorious and was sworn in as the Senate President. Akpabio secured an impressive 63 votes, while Yari, unfortunately, fell short with only 46 votes.
Expressing his disappointment, Yari revealed that he had high hopes of securing at least 61 out of the total 109 votes, which would have secured his victory as the Senate President. The former governor expressed his belief that there was a sense of betrayal within the ranks of his fellow senators.
In an interview with journalists held on Thursday in Abuja, Yari openly acknowledged the perceived betrayal. He explained that during the election, his team had estimated a count of over 76 votes in their favor by 3 am on Monday-Tuesday, instilling confidence that victory was within reach. They had expected a significant pullout of support, approximately 15 votes, which would have provided them with a comfortable majority of 61 votes needed to secure the election.
However, contrary to their calculations, the outcome of the election did not align with their expectations. Yari lamented the reversal of fortune, confessing that only God knows the true cause of the unexpected turn of events. Despite feeling betrayed, he acknowledged that life must go on, emphasizing the cyclic nature of political dynamics.
Yari’s accusations of betrayal have undoubtedly stirred speculation and raised questions about the integrity of the Senate Presidency election. As the political landscape continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how these claims will impact the dynamics within the Senate and the larger political arena.
Source: Daily Post