Marafa stays put in APC despite losing gubernatorial bid

OrderPaperToday – Senator Kabiru Marafa has promised to remain in the All Progressives Congress (APC) even after losing his gubernatorial ambition for 2019 in Zamfara state.

It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) banned the APC from submitting candidates for Governorship, National and State Assembly following the party’s inability to conduct primaries and consensus in the state.

While the deadline for the substitution of Governorship candidates ends today, Marafa in a statement on Saturday said he would stay in the party for President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the forthcoming general elections.

Also, he noted that he decided not to leave the party despite “all pressures” because his people showed him “maximum support and cooperation”.

He said: “I will remain in the APC to support and lead President Buhari’s 2019 re-election campaign in Zamfara state and to ensure that Governor Yari fail woefully in his attempts to perpetrate injustice and impose his moles as candidates of the party in the state.”

According to Marafa, the people of Zamfara state are tired of the incumbent Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari who he believes concocted the mayhem that occurred during the state primaries.

“We have come this far together with all the people of Zamfara state, they have expressed there desire for change, they have given us their maximum support, and they have rejected Yari and all his chosen candidates. They have sacrificed their lives and health, some were killed while many others were injured during the botched and make-believe primaries in the state, all courtesy of Gov Yari.”

He challenged Governor Yari to go to another party with all his “anointed” candidates and contest if he believes he is popular.

He also commended the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for “respecting the court order, supporting the masses choice of direct primaries and ignoring pressures from a failed Governor”.

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