Kabiru Marafa

Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC-Zamfara Central) has backed the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have candidates for the 2019 election in Zamfara State.

The lawmaker stated that there was not primary and there was no consensus arrangement reached among the party’s aspirants in the state.

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Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, Marafa said: “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 (Adams Oshiomhole).

“I want to believe the chairman has been misled by the APC’s 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 Saturday, October 7, 2018.

“Also, there was no consensus from anybody or by anybody. So, the election committee reported on 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, who was a governorship aspirant of the APC in Zamfara, maintained that he was still a member of the ruling party but that if the party did anything wrong, he would not hesitate to point it out.

“I’m an APC member to the core, and I’m still with the APC, notwithstanding that the chances are becoming bleak, maybe 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. If the party has anyway within the law to fill in any candidate, I will be happy, but not when the issues are based on a wrong foundation.

“So, let us address the issues the way they are,” he added.