*** Says he helped Yari become governor in 2011
*** Talks about why Buni cannot reconcile injured members
*** Says Yari is leading Bunis C’ttee astray
The political quagmire between former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa has taken a new turn as he threw a blow on the former, claiming Yari had the All Progressives Congress, APC Caretaker Committee chaired by the Yobe , misled State Governor Mai Mala Buni.
According to Marafa, who represented Zamfara Central in the 8th Senate, Buni’s committee said he had failed to reconcile injured party members because he was listening to the former governor of Zamfara state.
The former governor of Zamfara said he asked Buni to “get some sleep” because the APC in Zamfara was “intact”.
Yari had made the comment in response to reports that the APC National Working Committee, headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, had plans to meet all party’s interest groups in Zamfara over disagreements among key chiefs.
Senator Kabiru Marafa, who responded to comments from former Zamfara Governor Abdulaziz Yari, that the APC was intact in the state without upheaval, said that some people he labeled as crooks within the APC were working on a sedentary APC -Institute Governor as President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor comes in 2023.
Marafa also said he made a serious contribution to making Yari the governor of the state in 2011.
Senator Marafa said in an interview: “I am not surprised by this statement from Yari and it does not bother me. If he says everything is fine with APC in Zamfara I agree with him, let’s wait for the second round. “
While Yari heads a faction of the APC in the northwestern state, Marafa, who is considered a solid grassroots politician, heads another faction
When asked if Governor Buni shouldn’t bother to intervene in the APC crisis in Zamfara, Marafa said, “I just know the committee is already failing, and they fail because they listen to people like Yari who always do their mouths speak from both sides.
“There are a few good people on the committee who mean good to the party and I advise them to wake up and do what they are asked to do and get out of 2023 politics. Nobody can take the national chairman position to the north now.
“The moves of some crooks within the governors’ forum to kidnap the party and install an incumbent and an expired governor to replace President Buhari will collapse, just as Yari’s selfish agenda has completely collapsed.”
Responding to Yari’s allegations that he was part of the People’s Democratic Party-led government in Zamfara, Marafa said, “I’m still in the APC because I choose, not for fear of prosecution. I am part of the effort that APC spawned.
The question of whether Gov Mai Mala should go to sleep or redouble his efforts is up to him (Mai Mala). The former senator said, “I just know that the committee is already failing and they are failing because they listen to people like Yari who are always talking from both sides of their mouths. “
Regarding his role in making Yari governor of Zamfara State, Senator Marafa said, “Let me get this straight. In 2011, when Yari was eager to become governor, he came to my house in my village. During the night, the PDP fraudulently refused my ticket in favor of the then incumbent senator.
“Yari asked me to accept her ticket (ANPP), which at the time meant nothing, considering that the federal, state and local government were all under the tight control of the PDP. He didn’t bring the ticket to my home because he loved me. ANPP offered me a ticket because they really wanted to win the election. He asked me for a contest because he knew I had people behind me, they loved me, and the people of Zamfara Central demonstrated their love for me by giving me 100,000 votes beyond the incumbent senator. The incumbent senator received 93,000 votes and I got 203,000 votes.
“Sen Yarima, who came from the same zone as Yari, won slightly by less than 7,000 votes, while Sen Sahabi Ya’u of PDP won the other zone by around 10,000 votes. So I got the winning votes! The records are there and the situation is still the same. After eight years as governor, he thought he was strong enough to uproot me, but God taught him the lesson of his life. Or do you think it is easy for a poor senator to challenge a seated governor, the Forum of Chairs of Governors with unlimited resources from his state, the Paris Club and any other club you can think of?
“For example, as a seated governor he couldn’t fit my rally, he actually couldn’t organize one, my rally was played live on NTA. Find out and find out, I have undoubtedly defeated him.”
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