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‘There was a betrayal’, Yari reacts to losing battle for Senate Presidency to Akpabio



Former Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has alleged that he lost the battle to become the senate president for the 10th Assembly to Senator Godswill Akpabio because of the betrayal by some of his colleagues.

Akpabio, former Akwa-Ibom State Governor and lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North-West was the anointed candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He emerged as President of the 10th Senate on Tuesday after polling a total of 63 votes. Yari, also of the ruling party got 46 votes.

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Speaking during an interview on Thursday in Abuja, Channels reports that, Yari claimed his permutations as of 3am on Tuesday showed that he would get at least 61 out of the 109 votes available, which would have been enough to see him coast home to victory. Despite feeling betrayed by the turnout of events, the former Zamfara governor believed only God knew what transpired.

“Yes, I can say there was a betrayal. That’s the truth because as we are taking stock as of 3 am, Monday-Tuesday election, we took stock of over 76. But as usual, human beings, we thought we are going to get a pullout of about 15 which we will have a comfortable 61 to win the election,” he stated.


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