An APC governorship aspirant in Zamfara State in the 2019 governorship election, Alhaji Sagir Hamida, was killed by gunmen on Sunday evening, according to a family source.
The deceased’s elder brother, Kabiru Hamida, said Sagir was killed near Abuja while he was returning from the weekend, newsmen report.
Kabiru who said the family members were still gathering details of what happened from the authorities and possible eye witnesses explained that details could only be made available by Monday.
Sagir Hamida, an Abuja-based businessman and former director in the federal civil service, aspired for the governorship of Zamfara under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011 but lost at the party’s primary election.
He later defected to the APC 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 then returned to the Yari faction of the APC in the state with the defection of the state governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, from the PDP to the APC to fight Matawalle’s leadership of the party in the state before his demise.
Reacting to the development, Governor Matawalle said he was still in a state of shock.