By Christiana Ekpa
A former member of the House of Representatives in the 8th session of the National Assembly, Honourable Aminu Sani Jaji, has given conditions upon which senator Kabiru Marafa should be considered for reconciliation in the crisis facing the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that the Zamfara State chapter of APC had been in crisis majorly between senator Kabiru Marafa, who represented Zamfara Central in the 8th Senate and the immediate past Governor of the state, Abdulazeez Yari, over who is superior and who will lead the party in the State.
Speaking to journalists at the weekend, Hon. Jaji, who is an APC chieftain in Zamfara, said the first step to accommodating Marafa in the party at the state level should be that he must withdraw those he allegedly planted into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state.
Hon. Jaji, who was the chairman of House committee on Intelligence during the 8th Assembly, said “the thing is if Marafa is APC member, he should come out and tell his people that if you are with me, come to APC, if you are with the PDP government continue enjoying being with the government.
“So for me, there is no other problem, we don’t have any other problem. Like I told you, we had a meeting, myself together with Former Governor Abdulazeez Yari. There is no way you can have a party in your state without having a leader. We recognize Yari, being a former governor for eight years, then we recognize him as being the party leader and that is why we respect him as the party leader in the state.”
Speaking further, he said “Actually APC in Zamfara does not have faction, legally speaking, because the so called claim by senator Marafa, has no basis. I do not see even any reason why the party at the national level should listen at him. I’m part of the G8 members, even the mother of the G8, so I don’t know why somebody, even before the emergence of this current administration of PDP in the state, he said anybody who is supporting him, should vote for Accord Party.
“He said it categorically and that was part of the agreement he had with the incumbent government that if Accord did not get it, if the PDP get it, then the incumbent governor will make the Accord Candidate his SSG, and that is what is playing out now.
“And one of the incumbent governor’s commissioner is the person who contested in Accord party , he was in APC with Marafa and Marafa asked them to go to Accord Party, he is now a commissioner and the other one a Special Adviser. The person who is claiming to be the chairman of Marafa faction of APC in Zamfara state is now serving as the Permanent Commissioner in the National Hajj Commission.
While cautioning the Governor Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker committee against setting up interim leadership in Zamfara State, Hon Jaji said, “there is no way you can move your party forward without recognizing the party executives in the state. So, we don’t have any problem, I don’t know why people are even mentioning it.
“There is no problem whatsoever. If you check, last week, about nine local government chairmen who claimed to be chairmen of Marafa faction, they came out and challenged him that they did not know the time he filed the suit against the APC, and that they are even ready to take Marafa to court”, he said.