- Says No APC Primary Election Held in Zamfara
Senator Kabiru Marafa, representing Zamfara Central District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the National Assembly, on Sunday, March 31, 2019, accused Governor Abdul’azeez Yari of false claims that APC conducted primary elections in Zamfara State to nominate candidates for the 2019 General Elections. Senator Marafa declared that no primary election was conducted in Zamfara State, observing that the judgment of the Court of Appeal vindicated him.
Marafa at State House, Abuja, remarked that it’s God’s promise never to allow injustice to prevail over justice, adding that God upholds peace at the end.
Senator Marafa was of the view that Governor Yari has no justification filing a suit at the Supreme Court challenging the judgement of the Court of Appeal which nullified the participation of the APC in Zamfara State elections besides the Presidential election. He was of the view that Governor Yari should seek forgiveness from God for misleading Zamfara people into losing out on quality leadership in the state.
The Senator declared: “It is a promise that God will never help injustice against justice. So, I have always believed that this God we serve will definitely at the end of the day, because God (brings) peace at the end, not the beginning.
“I’m sure most of you here are being paid at the end of the month, not at the beginning of the month.
“So, at the end of the whole of this thing, truth will prevail, undoubtedly. No fear about that. The truth is there were no primaries in the state, the world knows, Allah knows, the angel knows, everybody knows.
“So, even if somebody tries to paint it somehow, somebody will come, a good man will come and restore back the original paint. And the original paint is white. The white is the truth, the truth is that there were no primaries, and the Court of Appeal has just done justice to that.
“And I want to use this opportunity to thank the President of the Court of Appeal for an excellent job she did. You know, we were quite apprehensive from the beginning, fearing that we might not get justice.
“But they have done justice to that case and they have made judiciary proud and the people of Nigeria proud. If that has not been done, I was afraid where we were heading to.
“I read their judgement and I was really very proud of the way it was written. That is how judgments are written, not the way the state judgement was written.”
The Court of Appeal on March 25, 2019, upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which disqualified APC from fielding candidates in the 2019 General Elections in Zamfara State for failure to meet the deadline for conducting primary election within the regulated time by the INEC to nominate candidates. The court rejected the acceptance of the primary election conducted by Governor Yari’s APC faction in Zamfara, by the Zamfara State High Court.