The former governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, has refuted claims by Wakkala saying he left a debt of over N251 billion. The Zamfara ex-governor has countered the claim, saying he left no debt. The former deputy governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala, had earlier in the week accused the former governor of leaving an empty treasury and leaving Zamfara in debt. In a press briefing on Wednesday, at the All Progressive Congress (APC) state secretariat in Gusau, the ex-governor through his media aide, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, said;
“l want to make it categorically clear that the immediate past governor, His Excellency, Hon. Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, left no debt on the state when he handed over the leadership of the state to the government of Alhaji Bello Matawalle”.
He also said “The press briefing by the immediate past deputy-governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala, saying that Yari administration left a debt of over N251 billion, was misleading, misrepresentation and a calculated attempt to smear the good image of the former governor”
Alhaji Dosara also informed the public that the former governor left N7 billion as take off for the incoming administration. He also said a trail of road development projects across all the 14 local government areas can be seen.
The governor through his media aide also explained the reasons for the stoppage of payment of gratuity. He accused the present governor of truncating the process. The money was being drawn from the payment of fertilizer by farmers. Currently many of the farmers have been denied the commodity because of Alhaji action.
He went on the clear the air on the semi-urban water scheme. The Wakkala led committee had alleged constructed a bore hole at the whopping sum of N325 billion. Dosara explained “this is a system comprising so many components including 16, boreholes, solar panels, reticulation and a 500,000 gallon capacity overhead tanks”.
Alhaji Lawali Liman, state APC chairman was present at the briefing, alongside former commissioners, APC officials and supporters. They urged the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led administration of Zamfara state to concentrate on the business of governance and avoid witch-hunting the previous administration.