Zamfara: Sen. Marafa backs INEC, says no primaries, no consensus took place

October 12th, 2018

By Ignatius Okorocha

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and governorship aspirants in Zamfara State, Senator Kabiru Marafa,  has supported the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the party did not hold primary elections in the state. 

The governorship aspirant also revealed that there was no consensus arrangement reached among the party’s aspirants in the State.

“I read the letter from INEC where they quoted sections of the law that influenced their position. I also read the response made by the APC National Chairman. I want to believe the chairman was been misled by the APC electoral committee that went to Zamfara .

“But as a stakeholder who was present and witnessed the whole process that happened, there was no election in Zamfara on the Saturday October 7, 2018.

“Also, there was no consensus from anybody or by anybody. So, the election committee reported in the contrary. I think that was absolutely wrong. I always stand by the side of the truth. I want to say the truth even if it is against me,” Marafa told journalists covering the Senate.

“I’m an APC member to the core, and I’m still with the APC, notwithstanding that the chances are becoming bleak, may be for me as a politician. But I believe in the party. If the party does anything wrong, I should have the courage to say this thing is wrong.

“We are going into election and the desire of every party is to win and win without any litigation, divert attention and waste resources. I would not want to see one happening to me. There was no consensus. We are gubernatorial aspirants but some people stepped down.

“For the remaining five aspirants, there was no consensus till the end of the exercise. The truth of the matter is that the APC electoral committee tried to achieve a consensus among the aspirants for the governorship and senatorial aspirants, but the two factions of the party could not agree.” He said.

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