- Senator Kabiru Marafa has called on his supporters to be calm following the Court of Appeal ruling on Zamfara APC
- Senator Marafa told his supporters to accept the court's verdict as the will of Allah
- He also called on his supporters to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the election
Chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara), has appealed to his teeming supporters to accept the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) based on the appeal court judgement on Friday, February 22 as the will of Allah.
In his swift reaction to the decision which favours Governor Abdulaziz Yari's camp, Marafa, said, “this is what Allah has decided and destined, we have accepted it.”
“We tried our best but Allah knows the wisdom behind this. I have said it, that whatever comes out from the court, we will open our hands and accept it as Allah's will. What we are fighting is injustice and nothing personal,” he added.
He urged his supporters to remain law abiding, and come out enmasse to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election on Saturday, February 23.
“I'm appealing to my teeming supporters to be law abiding and shun anything that would cause confusion and breach of public peace.
“Please come out massively to vote for President Buhari. And for other elections vote for the candidates that will protect you and your properties in senatorial and House of Representatives elections. Vote according to your conscience,” he said.
Senator Marafa, while thanking his teeming supporters for their support said, “We have already filed an appeal at the Sokoto division of the Appeal Court. It will come up soon. We will pursue it to its logical conclusion.”
“I sincerely thank all the good people within and outside the state that supported us in standing up to the tyrannical tendencies of Governor Yari and his backers,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Senator Marafa's lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome has said that the ruling of the Court of Appeal was twisted by some elements to give the impression that the APC can now field candidates in Zamfara state.
Chief Ozekhome said the court ruling did not ask INEC to allow the APC field candidates as was earlier reported.
Instead, the senior lawyer said the court actually dismissed the appeal filed by the APC challenging the judgement of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of a Federal High court which affirmed INEC’s position that the party cannot field candidates.
Despite Ozekhome's protest, INEC has said it will allow the APC participate in the elections in compliance with the court order.
The electoral commission in a statement issued on Friday, February 22, stated that its decision to to allow APC participate in the elections follows a ruling of the Court of Appeal.
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