Monday, September 28THE LEGISLATURE

APC Crisis in Zamfara: Ex-Gov Yari, Senator Marafa Suspended

The crisis rocking the All Progressive Congress in Zamfara State has taktaken another dimensiondimension following the suspension of the immediate former governor of the state, Abdullaziz YARI and Senator Kabiru Marafa by the factional excos.

The faction of Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives CongressCongress loyal Yari expelled the senator Marafa who represents Zamfara Central Senatorial District for alleged anti-party activities.

However, another faction of the APC in the state led by Marafa also expelled ex-governor Abdullaziz Yari for pushing the party into crisis.

Also expelled by the Yari faction are the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Ibrahim Wakkala; and member representing Kauran Namoda/Birnin Magaji Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Aminu Jaji.

According to a statement on Monday by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Shehu Isah, on behalf of the state chairman, the decision to expel the three politicians was reached at a meeting of the State Executive Committee in Gusau, the state capital, on Sunday.

Isah said, “The provision of Article 21 (A) ii and (D) v of the party’s constitution was activated against the three members for violation of the constitutional provision and engaging in acts inimical to the interest of the party.

Similarly, MarafaMarafa’s faction of the APC in a counter move also expelled Yari and the Deputy National Chairman (North) of the APC, Lawali Shuaibu, for allegedly scuttling the party’s chances in the state.

The decision was contained in statement jointly signed by the factional chairman of the party in Zamfara State, Alhaji Surajo Katako; and the Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Bakyasuwa.

The statement explained that the decision to expel the former governor and the deputy national chairman was taken at the end of an emergency meeting held in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

“Following this development, we are urging them to immediately surrender all the belongings of the party in their possession including funds,” the statement read in part.

It will be recalled that the state chapter of APC was entangled in court cases before the 2019 general elections.

The issue led to the judgment ofthe Supreme Court sacking all the party’s candidates that emerged winners at all levels during the elections and ordered that the parties that came second in all the elections be returned as winners.

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