By Ibrahim Kaulahi, Gusau
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain in Zamfara State, Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi has called on the national Caretaker Committee Chairman and Governor Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, to for the sake of the party to remain peaceful, expel former Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Garba Marafa from the party.
Sani Shinkafi, who made the plea in a press briefing in Gusau, the state capital, has lamented the position of the duo over recent defection of Governor Matawalle to APC as they kicked against the directive given by the national leadership of the party for the sitting Governor to serve as the party leader as enshrined in the constitution.
“It was well known fact that, before Matawalle’s defection, former Governor Yari was the party leader, but with the recent and welcome development to the APC in the state, Governor Matawalle should be the party leader, and that does not mean Abdaziz Yari turned nonentity but an elder whose contributions must be needed to continue moving the party to the next level.
“The national caretaker committee Chairman in company of six other serving Governors of the party had met with former Governor Yari at his Kaduna residence where they extensively discussed and agreed he and Senator Marafa will grace the defection ceremony as an elders of the party.
“Abdulaziz Yari alongside number of other party elders was there at the defection ceremony and he publicly assured his must needed support to the Governor for the party to keep moving forward as it has been in the state, but later next day when he left for Kaduna, he started saying another things different to what he earlier promised”, Shinkafi has explained.
He further explained that, the former Governor Yari, has specifically kicked against the dissolution of the party leadership in the state for only Governor Matawalle has opportunity to decide the new leadership to run the affairs of the APC.
Shinkafi who quoted section 21 of the party constitution, said it clearly dealt decisively with any member or group of members of the party that engaged in activities capable of smearing the popularity of the party, adding that, “Considering section 21 and all that it contains in regard to APC’s integration, former Governor Yari and Senator Garba Marafa should be dismissed instantly”.