Senator Abdulaziz Yari, the former governor of Zamfara State, has accused senators of letting him down in the competition for the Senate Presidency position.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) had endorsed Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom as Senate President.
During Tuesday’s inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, Akpabio emerged as the Senate President, securing 63 votes, while Yari received 46 votes.
Yari expressed his disappointment, stating that he had anticipated receiving 61 out of the 109 votes, which would have resulted in his victory as the Senate President.
In an interview with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Yari shared, “I can affirm that there was indeed a betrayal. That is the truth. We had done a tally count at around 3 am before the election on Monday-Tuesday and counted over 76 votes in our favor.”
“However, as is often the case with human beings, we expected around 15 defections, which would have given us a comfortable 61 votes to win the election. But it turned out to be the opposite; only God knows what transpired. So, I feel let down, but life goes on, and it’s part of the cycle,” he added.