- Senator Kabiru Marafa has dissociated and distanced himself from a purported recent APC meeting
- The meeting was said to have been convened by the party's national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
- Reports say the meeting was held with Zamfara governorship aspirants to agree on a consensus candidate
Chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa has distanced himself from a purported meeting convened by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole with Zamfara governorship aspirants on Thursday, October 11.
Some media reports had reported that Oshiomhole met with the nine Zamfara APC governorship aspirants in Abuja on the said day.
Marafa, one of the aspirants in a statement issued on Friday, October 12, said he was not aware of the meeting.
“I want to state emphatically that nobody invited me to any meeting after the failed attempt to conduct primaries/consensus as at 12am Sunday 7th Oct 2018.
“I want to restate further ( for emphasis) that there was neither election nor consensus reached among APC aspirants in Zamfara state,” he said.
Marafa who represents the Zamfara Central senatorial district in the Senate, said he would not be party of any move to trade with the APC governorship ticket of Zamfara, insisting that due process and rule of law must be religiously adhered to.
“I will not be a party to any attempt by anybody to sell the tickets of APC to any desperate politician(s) by anybody.
“I will resist any attempt by anybody to do so. May Allah (SWT) guide us to the straight path and give us the ability to act justly and fairly,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the trio of Sani Musa, Zakari Jikantoro and Bima Enagi on Tuesday, October 9, in Abuja, addressed a press conference warning against the substitution of their names for that of the serving senators in the three senatorial zones of Niger state.
The APC chieftains warned that any attempt to go ahead with the plan will spell doom for the ruling party in the state.
The candidates had won the senatorial primary elections in Niger state, but were told by the National Working Committee of the APC that there was an agreement with incumbent senators to be given automatic tickets.
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