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Published On: Mon, Oct 15th, 2018

Zamfara guber: We’ll back APGA against Yari’s candidate – Marafa

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

One of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in Zamfara State, senator Kabiru Marafa, yesterday indicated that he may back the governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state governorship election next year.
He said since the APC, as a family, could not agree during the primary elections held in the state, even till the expiration of the INEC deadline, there is nothing wrong if his camp decides to support another brother in another political party.
Briefing journalists yesterday in the National Assembly, Senator Marafa, who represents Zamfara Cehtral in the Senate, failed to controvert an online reports that his camp has concluded plans to work with APGA in the state elections next year, even when his attention was drawn to it.
He rather supported the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the party did not hold primary elections in the state.
The governorship aspirant also said that there was no any consensus arrangement reached among the party’s aspirants in the state, adding that though some aspirants stepped down, there was no consensus agreement between the remaining aspirants.
“I read the letter from INEC where they quoted sections of the law that influenced their position. I also read the response made by the APC National Chairman. I want to believe the chairman was been misled by the APC electoral committee that went to Zamfara.
“But, as a stakeholder who was present and witnessed the whole process that happened, there was no election in Zamfara on the Saturday October 7, 2018. Also, there was no consensus from anybody or by anybody. So, the election committee reported in the contrary. I think that was absolutely wrong. I always stand by the side of the truth. I want to say the truth, even if it is against me,” Marafa said.
He added that he is still a member of the APC, but that if the party, does anything wrong, he would not hesitate to point it out.
“I’m an APC member to the core, and I’m still with the APC, notwithstanding that the chances are becoming bleak, may be for me as a politician. But I believe in the party. If the party does anything wrong, I should have the courage to say this thing is wrong.
“If the party has any way within the law to fill in any candidate, I will be happy, but not when the issues are based on a wrong foundation. So, let us address the issues the way they are. We are going into election and the desire of every party is to win and win without any litigation, divert attention and waste resources. I would not want to see one happening to me.
“So, by and large, the only thing I saw wrong in the letter is the assertion that there was a consensus. There was no consensus. We are gubernatorial aspirants but some people stepped down.
“For the remaining five aspirants, there was no consensus till the end of the exercise. The truth of the matter is that the APC electoral committee tried to achieve a consensus among the aspirants for the governorship and senatorial aspirants, but the two factions of the party could not agree.
“If you force any consensus or you claim there was one, there is going to be a revolt that there was no consensus, and anybody and some have the right to go to court. But if under the law, the APC has the right to field candidates, they can go ahead to do it without recourse to either election or consensus. Let us get one thing clear and correct.
That there was no election, no consensus”, he said.

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