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Allah and everyone know there was no APC primary in Zamfara State – Senator Marafa

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa

Senator Kabiru Marafa, the lawmaker representing Zamfara Central senatorial district, says that Allah, the Angels and everybody knows that the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not hold party primary in the state.

According to the senator, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State lied when he insisted that APC conducted party primaries in the statet and thereby offended God.

He further asked God to forgive Governor Yari for misleading the people of the state.

Marafa who spoke to State House Correspondents on the political developments in Zamfara State commended the recent Court of Appeal ruling.

The Appeal Court had on March 25 nullified the alleged primary election held in the state, canceling the previous ruling of a Federal High Court that ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize Zamfara State APC members in the general elections.

“It is a promise that God will never help injustice against justice. So, at the end of the whole thing, truth will prevail, undoubtedly. No fear about that. The truth is, there were no primaries in the state, the world knows, Allah knows, the angel knows, everybody knows.

“And I want to use this opportunity to thank the President of the Court of Appeal for an excellent job she did. You know, we were quite apprehensive from the beginning, fearing that we might not get justice,” Marafa said.

“But they have done justice to that case and they have made judiciary proud and the people of Nigeria proud. If that has not been done, I was afraid where we were heading to.

“I read their judgement and I was really very proud of the way it was written. That is how judgments are written, not the way the state judgement was written.’’

He further noted that Governor Yari’s action had put the people of the state to shame, saying that; “a leader telling lies in a state like Zamfara that practices Sharia is an anathema, and leaders deserve prayers from their followers to avert God anger.”

“I pray, may God forgive him for what he has done, because to us, God has paid us immensely,’’ he added.

Regarding the position of the national leadership of the APC which had endorsed the Yari’s faction of the Zamfara APZ, Marafa said; “Is the national leadership of the APC equal to Nigeria? The answer is ‘No.’

“We are talking about the laws of Nigeria and not talking about personalities. No matter how big you are, you cannot circumvent the law. You cannot break the law by your right hand and then use your left hand to say you want to amend it.

“You cannot commit a criminality and then approach the court and say, ‘Court, legalise it for me.’ You cannot commit criminality and then hide under the umbrella of party and now say that ‘because the party is going to lose.’ Who is party? The people have the party.

“It is not the prince in Zamfara, it is not the stones, it is not the land, it is not the roads, it is not the wells or anything in the state; it is the people of the state that have the party.

“So, if the people are disenfranchised, if the people are cheated, we all have a duty to rise up above party lines.

“After all, I came to the Senate as an ANPP member, today I’m APC. Most of the people you see today talking as APC, they were something else before.

“So, it’s not about APC for God’s sake. the National Chairman of this party was seen condemning and saying that primaries are not supposed to be conducted by state governors, or by state party chairmen.

“You can’t just change overnight. I am trying to speak the truth, even against myself. And that is exactly what I did when it happened,’’ he said.

He further advised Governor Yari and everyone who is not satisfied with the Appeal Court judgment to seek redress at the Supreme Court.

“Well, there is still one last option left. It depends on what our opponents feel. There is the Supreme Court option. If they are desirous of exploiting that, they are constitutionally, legally allowed to do so. If they are not, so be it.

“Before, they were dragging us, but we are now dragging them. We are not pleading with them not to go to the Supreme Court. The most important thing that Nigerians need to know is that we are not the aggressors as far as these problems are concerned.

“We are defending ourselves, defending the people of Zamfara State,” he said.

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State
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