- Senator Kabiru Marafa leads a faction of the APC in Zamfara state
- The former federal lawmaker has reacted to comments made by ex-Governor Abdulaziz Yari concerning the APC in Zamfara
- Marafa also made comments concerning 2023, saying some APC governors are planning to install one of them as president
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Senator Kabiru Marafa has reacted to the comments of Zamfara former governor, Abdulaziz Yari that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state is intact without any upheavals.
Yari had made the comment in response to reports that the APC National Working Committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe had plans to meet all the party's stakeholders in Zamfara over disagreements by key chieftains.
While Yari heads a faction of the APC in the northwest state, Marafa, considered a solid grassroots politician, heads another faction.
In an interview with a national newspaper on Thursday, September 10, Marafa said: “I am not surprised by that statement coming from Yari and I am not bothered. If he says all is well with APC in Zamfara, I agree with him, let us wait for round two.”
On whether Governor Buni shouldn't bother intervening the APC crisis in Zamfara, Marafa said: “All I know is the committee is already failing, and they are failing because they are listening to the likes of Yari who always speak from the two sides of their mouth.
“There are a few good people in the committee that means well to the party and I advise them to wake up and do what they are asked to do and leave the politics of 2023. Nobody can bring the position of national chairman to the north now.
“The moves by some crooks within the governors' forum to hijack the party and install a serving governor and an expired one to succeed President Buhari will crash the way Yari's selfish agenda crashed totally.”
Responding to insinuations made by Yari that he is part of the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in Zamfara, Marafa said: “I am still in the APC because I choose to, not because of fear of prosecution. I am part and parcel of the efforts that produced APC.
“The party did nothing to me, I did everything to it. All the political troubles I faced are traceable to my support for APC. I was a senator of the Federal Republic when APC was formed, I contributed immensely to its success.”
He continued: “In 2011 when Yari was desperate to become governor, he came to my house in my village, the night PDP fraudulently denied me a ticket in favour of the then incumbent senator. Yari begged me to accept their ticket (ANPP) which at that time meant nothing looking at the fact that the federal, state and local government were all under the firm control of the PDP.
“He didn't bring the ticket to my house because he loved me, ANPP offered me the ticket because they were desperate to win the election.
“He pleaded with me to contest because he knew I have people behind me, they loved me and the people of Zamfara Central demonstrated their love for me by giving me 100,000 votes over and above the incumbent senator. The incumbent senator got 93,000 votes and I got 203,000 votes.
“Senator Yerima who came from the same zone with Yari won marginally with less than 7,000 votes, PDP's Senator Sahabi Ya'u won the other zone with a margin of about 10,000 votes. So, I brought the winning votes! The records are there, and the situation is still the same.”
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Legit.ng previously reported that the Marafa-led faction of the APC in Zamfara recently faulted the claims by the faction loyal to Yari that chieftains of the party are being persecuted in the state.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Zamfara state, Ahmed Sani Yerima, recently said Governor Bello Matawalle would soon join the APC.
“We are working and we are talking. Every politician tries to get more people to their party especially governors. If I can have governors with me, the party will be better off,” Yerima said.
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