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Marafa’s ignoble exit from the APC

This statement is to shade light on happenings outside the APC our great party that ordinarily we may not have said anything but for the fact that many people within and outside the state are asking and we believe they have the right to know.

You may recall that when the APC recently held its ward and local government congresses under very peaceful atmosphere, a renegade member who goes by Kabiru Marafa deceptively concocted a similar exercise by gathering a few people in Tsafe and allocated positions to them which some media outlets called a parallel congress and by extension, a parallel APC in Zamfara.

Times without number however our party leaders, both at the state and national levels, their excellencies Governors Bello Mohammed Matawalle and Mai Mala Buni respectively have urged all leaders and genuine followers of the party to abide by the rule of law both of the party and of the nation and as loyalists, we have been doing just this.

Suffice to say therefore that anyone who does not recognize the leadership of the party at any level but especially at the state level which governor Matawalle and the national level with Mai Mala Buni as leader is not recognized and connot be seen or addressed as responsible.

We are aware that this morning too, Marafa gathered some persons just as the party was arranging for its state congress and still appointed some agents of destruction or those ignorant of the actual plans by Marafa to subdue our party especially as Nigeria heads towards the 2023 general elections.

We have received intelligence that Marafa who attempted to lure other members particularly from his locality wants to be governor by hook or crook in the 2023 election in the state and if this will not happen in his favour, he will do his best to bring the party down.

We also know that his continued flagrant abuse against all good things in the party and its leaders is a prelude for him to convince himself on why he is working to destroy the party by all means ahead of or by the 2023 elections.

We want him to know that power belongs to Allah and to tell him that by Allah’s grace he will fail woefully in his attempts.

Marafa claims a parallel APC in Zamfara, let him show us his structure and offices having claimed to have leaders, which national secretariat is he going to submit their names to.

I am asking this because, the party leader and governor Matawalle does not recognize him, and having abused and accused the APC extra ordinary convention committee chairman and Yobe state governor whom Marafa does not see as a leader, which leader will he call as his at the national level where he cannot create or imagine a parallel.

The same Marafa has attacked even the national leader of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari, so where will he use his list rather than its worth, toilet paper.

Just give some time and by the special grace of Allah Marafa cannot be a threat or embarrassment to the APC as he will stand alone, not even members of his family will follow in his terrible path.

Note that neither INEC nor APC National Headquarters were at the purported deceptive gathering hoodwinked by Marafa, that alone makes it a nullity, a former law maker who does not respect laid down laws in form of rules and regulations will certainly be a failure at all times.

Needless to restate that for Marafa to even have a voice in the APC, he has to be a registered member and going by the revalidated official party members’ list from Zamfara and by extension, at the national headquarters of our great party, the APC, Marafa is not a member until he revalidates his membership.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State

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Members of Zamfara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have elected their new Chairman, who is to steer the activities of the union.

Ibrahim Musa Maizare who was the former Chairman of the Zamfara State based newspaper chapel “The Legacy” was elected alongside Haliru Muhammad Umar from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel as his Deputy.

The remaining seats of the state officers of the union were returned unopposed, except the office of the Treasurer.

The election of the new executives followed the expiration of the tenure of the current executives, led by the Publisher of the Analyzer Newspaper Mai Haraji Altine Salah.

Mai Zare who was immediately sworn into the office alongside other executives, thanked the members of the state council for having confidence in his leadership and assured that he is going to reposition things in the union for a sustainable change.

He promised to come up with innovation that will transform the union and reposition it to be more sound like before and called for continued cooperation from all the members of the union.

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The Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara state Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has challenged those in the APC to prove whether the embattled eighteen seater bus they were making noise over was personally donated to him by Governor Matawalle or for the office of the PDP Publicity of Secretary.

Shatima who declared this during a Press Conference in Gusau on Friday said, contrary to the noise making round the public, he has never, for once, begged Governor Matawalle to dash him a car instead, the Governor personally feels he wanted to donate the car to him because of the role he played during his electioneering campaigns in 2019.

“If they wanted the car to be returned as claimed, let them tell the world how the Governor donated out the car to me through late Ibrahim Mallaha of blessed memory. The Governor gave the car to late Mallaha for onward handing over to me as personal donation, and I am certain if they met the him, he will confirm this to them.

“I am not in politics for vehicle, asked those who were with us in 2019. I used my personal Peugeot (406) to move with the Governor throughout the campaign period. I was not paid even money for fuel and the Governor knew that, and may be in his wisdom that was why he decided to dash me a vehicle I did not beg for”.

On the new security measures taken by the Governor, Shatiman Rijiya said he is sure the measures are targeted at the supporters of the PDP and because election is approaching, noting that they have every reason to entertain fear.

If the measures are initiated to get the lives of the typical Zamfara citizen better and secured, PDP will welcome the idea but noted that, under the current situation, the party and its members are not confident enough with the Governor’s pronouncement.

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The Zamfara State Secretary of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has called on Governor Bello Matawalle to desist from insulting PDP because it was the platform he used to become the Governor of Zamfara state in 2019.

Shatiman Rijiya who stated this during a Press Conference on Friday reminded Governor Bello Matawalle that, the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was bearing the name of the PDP not APC the political party he defected to.

He described as morally wrong for the Governor to be rendering insult on the party that produces him as a substantive Governor, noting that even the people who are very familiar with his political antecedent and how he emerged as the Governor of Zamfara would not be happy with him abusing his original political platform.

He added that, PDP will continue to watch things as they unfold in Zamfara and continue to raise alarm where right decisions are not taken in the overall interest of the people of the state

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