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Yari accuses predecessor of N3bn fertilizer fraud

By Saminu Ibrahim

Gusau— Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State has accused his predecessor, Aliyu Shinkafi, of misapplying about N3 billion worth of fertilizer during his four-year rule.

Yari spoke, yesterday, while addressing a campaign rally of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, at the Gasau Airstrip. He said his administration had been saddled with the responsibility of refunding the money to the Federal Government.

According to Governor Yari, the state government had so far refunded about N2.7 billion to the Federal Government, following the discovery and pledged to recover state funds stashed away by former government officials.

CPC chair, exco join ANPP

Meanwhile, Yari has formally received chairman of the state chapter of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Alhaji Aminu Dankongila, who declared for ANPP, alongside members of the state executive.

Dankongila, who is the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, said his defection followed the agreement between CPC and ANPP, which according to him was redeemed shortly after ANPP won the state.

A former chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and younger brother to the state chairman of PDP, Alhaji Musa Mallaha, was among those who decamped to ANPP.

Others who defected to ANPP during the rally said continuity of projects initiated by the immediate past government and the relative peace in the state informed their action.

Mallaha, who later donated N7 million to ANPP for the local government election coming up on Saturday, enjoined others to join the party ahead of the election.

Two commissioners and four special advisers in Yari’s cabinet, who were members of CPC, also decamped to ANPP.


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