OrderPaperToday – Gubernatorial aspirant in Zamfara State, Kabiru Marafa, has alleged that the incumbent Governor of Zamfara state, Abdul’Aziz Yari, plans to use 8,500 armed youth under guise of civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) to destabilise the 2019 elections in the state.

Yari is reportedly aggrieved because the All Progressives Congress (APC) refused to give the gubernatorial ticket for Zamfara State to his preferred candidate.

Following a tangoed delay in submission of names, the APC was thereafter blocked from fielding candidates by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

However, Senator Marafa in a statement on Thursday alleged that Gov. Yari was planning to vent his ‘frustration’ by disrupting the polls.

He said: “From our finding around his political circle, Yari resorted to recruit the 8,500 youths solely to execute his plot to destabilise the 2019 elections in Zamfara state like he did during the aborted Oct 3rd primary election where six people were killed and many more wounded. The recruitment, is to cause mayhem, terrorize innocent voters and snatch election materials to actualise his desperate desire to hold unto power beyond 2019 by proxy.

“Because of his abysmal performance in the state, initially Yari thought he would use federal might including security agencies to manipulate next year’s elections. However, with the decision of INEC not to receive any list from APC for Zamfara state, (following its inability to conduct primaries and agree on consensus) all orchestrated by him, Yari has decided to arm innocent youth in the state to upturn people’s will come 2019, since his popularity cannot win him a ward in the state.”

The Zamfara Central lawmaker urged President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies to intervene and stop Yari from “arming innocent youth in the state to advance his dead political ambition.”

Marafa further alleged that Yari’s call for the creation of state police is because he wants to “turn our state into theatre of war.”


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