Aspirants vying for the Jalingo/Yorro/Zing federal constituency in Taraba State have expressed worries over alleged involvement by Governor Agbu Kefa.
The by-election, slated for Monday, January 8, 2024, is disrupted by skirmishes as candidates express dissatisfaction with the alleged intervention in the electoral process.
Allegations abound that the governor is determined to see his favorite candidate, Saleh Sa’ad, elected, a move that hopefuls and some party leaders have criticized.
As the clock approaches 3 p.m., the exercise at the Jolly Nyame stadium has yet to begin, with no aspirants or party officials visible, with Bello Yero, a former Permanent Secretary of the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, declaring his withdrawal from the race a few moments later.
In a press statement issued at the event, Yero cited “unfortunate political circumstances” as the motivator for his choice.
He said: “This decision is taken because of the unfavourable political circumstances leading to the primary.”
Yero, who emphasized his dedication to the peace and growth of the party and the state, promised to stay a PDP member.
Meanwhile, the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Digital Communications, Emmanuel Bello, denied the claims and stated that Governor Agbu Kefas had not endorsed any candidate for the position.