By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Senator Kabiru Marafa, who represented Zamfara Central in the 8th Senate, has accused the former Governor of his State, Abdulazeez Yari, of misleading the All Progressives Congress (APC) caretaker committee led by the governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, in its efforts to resolve the crisis of the party in the State.
Speaking to journalists at the weekend, Marafa said the Buni led caretaker committee is already failing in delivering the mandate given to them by President Muhammadu Buhari, pointing out that this has become so because they are listening to the likes of ex Governor Yari whom he accused of ‘always speaking from both sides of his mouth’.
He said he is not bothered by the assurance given by Yari to the chairman of the APC Caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, that he should not worry about the issue in Zamfara state chapter of APC, but warned “et us wait for round two”.
“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”, he said.
Speaking further, the senator said there are a few good people in the committee that mean well for the party, even as he advised them to wake up and do what President Buhari asked them 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”, he 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.
“Remember the 8th National Assembly leadership crisis? Remember how Yari scuttled the APC plan? I was a senator of the Federal Republic when APC was formed, I contributed immensely to its success.
“I listened to Yari’s press briefing after his visit to the APC secretariat, he cowardly tried to say something like, he sent some people to the National Assembly, but the moment they were there, they forgot how they got in there.
“Let me put the record straight; in 2011 when Yari was desperate to become Governor, he came to my house in my village, the night PDP fraudulently denied me 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 Govt were all under the firm control of the PDP.
“He did not bring the ticket to my house because he loved me, ANPP offered me 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.”
“Sen Yarima who came from the same zone with Yari won marginally with less than 7,000 votes, PDP’s Sen 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.
“It is after he spent eight years as governor that he thought he was strong enough to uproot me and I taught him the lesson of his life. Or do you think it is easy for a poor senator to challenge a sitting governor, Chairman Governors’ forum, with unlimited resources.