In spite of the endorsement of Alhaji Muktar Idris as the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, the Deputy Governor, Ibrahim Wakala said he is yet to back out from the race.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC had zoned governorship seat to Zamfara central, where the deputy governor and Idris hail from.
The party has also adopted the indirect primaries in selecting its candidates, but in a twist of events, the party announced the state Commissioner of Finance as its flag bearer.
The state Governor Abdulaziz Yari defended the decision, adding that the candidate was endorsed by all stakeholders of the APC.
In a media chat with journalists in Gusau on Monday, the state Governor maintained that the decision was a “tradition in the state’s politics of the APC.”
“This, does not, however, mean that an individual has no right to go on his own and purchase the nomination form.
As you know, under democratic conditions, everyone can exercise his right, but any of such persons would not have the backing of either the party or the state government, ” he said.
Wakala, who had indicated his intention to contest for governor of the state, however, said he is still in the race.
Mr Yusuf Idris, his media aide, told NAN that Wakala would on Monday pick up his nomination forms at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.