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Gunmen kill APC governorship aspirant

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AN All Progressives Congress (APC ) governorship aspirant in Zamfara State in the 2019 governorship election, Alhaji Sagir Hamida, was on Sunday evening, shot dead by unknown gunmen, near Abuja.

Sagir Hamida, an Abuja-based businessman and former director in the federal civil service, aspired for the governorship of Zamfara on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011, but lost at the party’s primary election. He later defected to the All Progressives Congress and vied for the governorship position in 2019 but was allegedly short-changed by the former governor, Abdulaziz Yari-led APC in the state from where he joined seven other aspirants to form the G-8 which protested and fought the Yari group up to the Supreme Court.

Hamida, who returned to the Yari faction of APC in the state with the defection of Governor Bello Matawalle, from the PDP to the APC, fought Matawalle’s leadership of the party in the state till he was killed.

The deceased’s elder brother, Kabiru Hamida, said that Sagir was killed near Abuja while returning from the weekend.

Speaking over the development, the director-general of media to the governor, Malam Yusuf Idris, said that the governor received the information with shock.

“I can tell you, my principal is still in shock since the news was broken to him that one of the illustrious sons of the state was killed, we shall furnish you on this tomorrow when we get more details because right now, the governor is in Abuja attending a crucial meeting,” Idris said.

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