OrderPaperToday– All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State remains divided, faction loyal to former senator representing Zamfara Central senatorial district, Kabiru Marafa, has declared.
Recall that the APC did not participate in the general elections following an unresolved feud between the factions of Marafa and the former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the chairman of the party in the state, Surajo Garba Maikatako, faulted claims made on Tuesday to the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole by Yari’s faction that some chieftains of the party are being persecuted.
The Marafa group stated that there is no iota of truth in all the claims made, adding that the allegation was made out of jealousy of the successes recorded by the state government in the area of security.
Maikatako said, “While we agreed that all political parties should be allowed to function without any hindrance, harassment and intimidation as guaranteed by the constitution, the creation of a parallel government by some disgruntled politicians, abusing and casting aspersions on our respected judicial officers and the judgement of the Supreme Court should not be supported by any democrat.
“There is time for everything, this is time for governance and not politicking. Politics is over but the monthly meeting of Yari’s drowning faction with the sole aim of distracting the state government from governance to politics, making unguarded utterances that threaten the fragile peace achieved in the state, calling on people to revolt against the government, is counter productive and causing more harm than good, it must be discouraged.
“We urge Yari to have the fear of God and allow the new government in the state to do what he FAILED to do, the party said he must allow peace to reign in the interest of the people of the state.”
They also urged Oshiomhole to ignore “Yari’s crocodile tears”, adding that for genuine reconciliation, the National Reconciliation Committee of the party “under the able leadership of Chief Bisi Akande should ignore Yari’s claims that all is well in the party in the state”, saying that APC remains divided in Zamfara State.
They also called for the conduct of fresh congresses across the state as a panacea for peace in the party.
“To put the record straight, Yari should be reminded that he was the one that took APC and INEC to court after conducting his useless primary elections, asking the court to compel APC to forward the names of his handpicked candidates to INEC and compel INEC to accept his fabricated list of candidates. That was the genesis of our party problem.
“You are the spoiler not our leader. What our leader (Sen Marafa) did, was to just join in the suit filed by you (Yari) as an interested party to defend his rights as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria.
“Equally untrue is the assertion that APC in Zamfara is now one under one leadership and can win elections in the state anytime. This is far from the truth! The fact is, APC remain divided. Our faction is back to court, challenging the outcome of the party congresses conducted in 2018 and Yari’s faction cannot win election in Zamfara State today”, the statement added.