APC governorship aspirant in Zamfara in the 2019 governorship election, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu, was killed by unknown gunmen on Sunday evening, a family source has confirmed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered from the deceased’s elder brother, Kabiru Hamidu, that Sagir was killed near Abuja while he was returning from the weekend.
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.
NAN reports that Sagir Hamidu, an Abuja-based businessman and former director in the federal civil service, aspired for the governorship of Zamfara under the People’s 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.
Hamidu who 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, a position he held till he was killed.
Also speaking over the development, the Director-General of Media to the governor, Malam Yusuf Idris, told NAN that the governor received the information with shock.