President Muhammadu Buhari says the crisis surrounding the candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State would be resolved before the elections.
He said this on Sunday in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, while addressing party supporters during the presidential campaign rally in the state.
He expressed optimism that the Zamfara issue would be resolved before the elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier excluded Zamfara APC from fielding candidates for the governorship as well as national and state assembly elections.
However, the president didn’t say much on the issue of insecurity in the state but promised he would be fair and just to all as promised when he took the oath of office in 2015.
He added that the cardinal objectives of his administration remained securing the nation, improving the economy and fighting corruption.
In his remarks, Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said PDP cannot get Zamfara State for free as APC would participate in the forthcoming elections in the state.
“The votes in Zamfara State are ours and INEC can’t change what is ordained by God. PDP stole our commonwealth. They sold NITEL and said they would sell other national assets to enrich their cronies but Nigerians will stop them,” he said.
On his part, Abdulaziz Yari, Governor of Zamfara State, said APC in the state had faced challenges, but that the party would survive them and come out stronger.
He said: “Mr. President, we will not force you to present our candidates today, because the issue is yet to be permanently resolved; we approached the court and we got the judgement in our favour.”