Former Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has been released by the Department of State Services (DSS) after being detained and questioned.
Yari had visited the DSS office after contesting for the position of Senate President.
The reason for his detention and questioning remains unclear, but it is alleged that he was arrested due to multiple phone calls from President Bola Tinubu during the Senate leadership battle.
Yari argued that he had the right to contest for the position and that decisions about his political career should not come from the president.
The president was reportedly trying to prevent a repeat of the situation in 2015 when Bukola Saraki became Senate President.
“He was asked why he ignored the president’s phone calls during the Senate leadership battle,” an official said.
“He started arguing that he has every right to contest for the position and decisions about his political career moves should not come from the president.
“The president was trying to appeal to him to stand down his ambition to make sure any fate similar to how Bukola Saraki became Senate President in 2015 won’t be repeated.
“We all knew that Saraki’s emergence back then was the first error President Buhari made, and it crippled his first four years in office,” the official allegedly told Gazette.