Senator Kabiru Marafa’s faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State has said the inauguration of Governor Bello Matawalle’s factional executive of the party is a charade.
In a statement in Abuja, the spokesman of Marafa’s faction, Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun, noted that the inauguration negated all principles of strategic thinking for building an enduring party that can weather the storm of 2023.
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The APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee led by the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, had on Thursday inaugurated state executives amidst tension and tight security at the APC national secretariat in Abuja.
A former governor of Zamfara State, Abdullaziz Yari, Senator Kabiru Marafa, former governor of Osun State and current minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola and minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, all lost out as their factional executives were not recognised.
Marafa said, “Our faction followed due process in conducting congresses at all levels that led to the emergence of a complete structure with Sirajo Garba Maikatako as state chairman.
“We also went to court to contest the legality of the congresses conducted by the government’s faction because of the breaches associated with them, including the questionable stand of their party’s membership and relevant notice enshrined in the APC constitution.
“Until the court decides on this, we consider the government faction as illegal and sustain loyalty to our legitimate factional structure. Henceforth, we will continue to enjoy watching this act of madness.”