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I Was Betrayed – Yari Opens Up After Losing Senate Presidency To Akpabio

by Olufemi Awoyinka

Former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Abdulaziz Yari, Expresses Disappointment Over Senate Presidency Contest

Senator Abdulaziz Yari, the former Governor of Zamfara State, has spoken out about feeling betrayed by his colleagues in the race for the Senate Presidency during the 10th National Assembly. In an interview in Abuja on Thursday, Yari, who contested for the position but lost to Godswill Akpabio, the preferred candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), shared his disappointment with the outcome.

Yari revealed that he was leading in the race for the prestigious position until Monday, but things did not unfold as he had expected. Even as late as 3 am on Tuesday, his calculations indicated that he would secure at least 61 out of the 109 votes available.

However, during the election held on Tuesday at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, Yari obtained 46 votes, while Akpabio garnered 63 votes, ultimately becoming the Senate President.

Despite feeling betrayed and experiencing a loss in his bid for the Senate Presidency, Yari expressed his belief that only God knows the full extent of what transpired.

“Yes, I can say there was a betrayal. That’s the truth because as we were taking stock as of 3 am on Monday-Tuesday election, we had over 76 votes. But as usual, human beings, we anticipated a pullout of about 15 votes, which would have given us a comfortable 61 to win the election,” Yari explained during the interview, as reported by Channels TV.

He concluded by acknowledging that life goes on, and although he feels let down, he recognizes that it is all part of the cycle of life.

Yari’s sentiments highlight the disappointment he experienced and the complexities involved in political contests, as power dynamics and unexpected shifts can influence outcomes.

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