Senate Presidency: Senators betrayed me, Yari laments

Former Zamfara State governor, Senator Abdulaziz Yari has accused senators of betraying him over the Senate Presidency seat.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, had anointed Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom for the Senate Presidency.

On Tuesday, Akpabio emerged as the Senate President during the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly.

While Akpabio polled 63 votes to emerge winner, Yari got 46 votes.

However, Yari said he was hoping to get 61 out of the 109 votes which could have seen him emerge as the Senate President.

Speaking during an interview with journalists on Thursday in Abuja, Yari said: “Yes, I can say there was a betrayal. That’s the truth because as we were taking stock as of 3 am, Monday-Tuesday election, we took stock of over 76.

“But as usual, human beings, we thought we are going to get a pullout of about 15, which we will have a comfortable 61 to win the election.

“But it became the reverse, which only God knows what happened. So, I feel betrayed but life continues and it’s a cycle.”