OrderPaperToday– Senator Kabiru Marafa has condemned a protest that took place in Gusau, Zamfara State, seeking the removal of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole.
Oshiomole had reportedly angered some State governors in the party by refusing to anoint their preferred candidate, hence moves to unseat the former.
One of them is from Zamfara state, Abdul’Aziz Yari.
Meanwhile in a statement on Thursday night Marafa accused Yari of sponsoring the protest.
It is worthy to note that Marafa and Yari have been at loggerheads over the gubernatorial primaries for the state.
In the statement, the Senator said the the sponsored protesters followed Yari’s inability to “bend rules to impose candidates who are his cronies on the party in the state.”
He queried the Governor for spending millions of Naira on the protest instead of channelling the money towards securing the release of 17 persons including two young girls kidnapped in Dauran, Jangebe, Magami and other locations in the state.
The Zamfara central Senator rather called for the sack of Yari and not Oshiomole who he described as a “law abiding officer.”
On the party crisis that occurred in the primaries, he insisted that they were not conducted and that there was no consensus either.
He explained: “There was a court order that says all parties should not take any step that will render useless the litigation before it. The party under the able leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole respected the order and said all parties in the crisis should hands off. The party and it leadership should be commended for respecting the law, a foundation upon which APC was built.
“Two, when the committee of the NWC came to conduct the primary in Zamfara, violent orchestrated by Yari’s people erupted, the committee was forced to cancel the election. This is also a valid thing. The position taken by the Governor that primaries should be conducted by the executives in his camp was irresponsible, contemptuous and height of lawlessness.
“The crux of the matter is that there was no election and there was no consensus in Zamfara. So, we are commending Comrade Oshiomhole and INEC for respecting the court order.”
Marafa then assured that majority of APC family members in Zamfara are solidly behind Oshiomhole and the leadership of the party.