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Yari, Marafa rejects Matawalle as APC leader in Zamfara

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Former Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Yari and former senator Kabiru Marafa have dismissed reports that Governor Mohammed Bello Matawalle is the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

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They made the remarks in an interview with BBC Hausa shortly after meeting with Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday.

Their comments were in response to reports that the caretaker APC chairman, Maimala Buni, had said that Matawalle was the leader of the APC in Zamfara after he defected from the PDP to the APC.

“Matawalle is now the leader of our great party in Zamfara State,” Buni said.

While receiving the party flag, Matawalle accepted its leadership as he declared himself a member of the party.

Matawalle joined the party along with all the current state senators, six of the seven members of the House of Representatives, and all members of the state House of Assembly.

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However, Abdulaziz Yari and Kabiru Marafa – whom the governor met in the APC – have said they will not allow them to be ousted.

“It is one thing we do not agree with what Governor Maimala said [Matawalle is the leader of the APC] it was not in our discussions with six governors,” Marafa said.

Senator Marafa also said that naming Governor Matawalle as the leader of the APC in Zamfara was a scam that they would not accept.

Political observers in Zamfara state said the return of Matawalle to the APC will exacerbate the party’s crisis.


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