APC expels Senator Marafa after colossal loss at the Supreme Court

Senator Kabir Marafa, Zamfara Central

Following the shocking loss of Zamfara State to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Zamfara Chapter has expelled Senator Kabir Marafa.

The lawmaker who represents Zamfara Central senatorial district was expelled over alleged anti-party activities.

The senator was the petitioner who sued the state chapter of the ruling party over an illegal primary election allegedly held in the state during the buildup of the 2019 general elections.

Senator Kabir had approached court to seek redress over an apparent injustice against him following the conduct of primary elections in the state in 2018.

The case led to the eventual sacking of all the candidates of the APC who had participated and won the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State.

Naija Buzz had reported how the Supreme Court sacked all the APC candidates; (Governorship, Deputy-Governorship, Senatorial, House of Representatives, and State House of Assembly candidates). The apex court further ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare candidates and political parties with second highest votes in the elections winners.

Clearly angered over the loss of the state to the opposition, the APC expelled Marafa, and some other members of the party including; the immediately past Deputy-Governor of Zamfara, Ibrahim Wakkala; a House of Rep. member representing Kaura Namoda/Birnin Magaji Federal Constituency, Aminu Jaji.

Wakkala was the deputy to Ex-Governor Abdulaziz Yari who was also sacked by the apex court. Yari was an APC senatorial candidate in the February 23 election held in the state. He pulled the highest votes in the election to emerge senator-elect. His votes were however cancelled following the Supreme Court ruling.

According to Zamfara APC in a statement issued today by its spokesman, Shehu Isah, their expulsion was a decision reached at a State Executive Committee meeting in Gusau, the state capital.

The party noted that its constitution recommends that any party member who sues the party to court without first exhausting all avenue to seek redress shall be expelled, adding that no appeal against such expulsion shall be entertained until the case is withdrawn from court.

In the case of Senator Marafa and his faction, there is no case to withdraw as the highest court in the land had already ruled.

Consequently, the Zamfara APC therefore informed the; general public that from the date of the said resolution, the aforementioned members cease to be members of the All Progressives Congress and consequently are disentitled from enjoying rights, privileges and benefits from the party.”

“The provision of Article 21 (A) ii and (D) v of the party’s constitution was activated against the three members for violation of the constitutional provision and engaging in acts inimical to the interest of the party.

“Consequently, a resolution was passed expelling all of them from the All Progressives Congress,” the state APC spokesman said.

The decision to expel the APC chieftains was also sent to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, who was recently accused by the Deputy National Chairman of the APC, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, of responsibility for the crisis that rocked the Zamfara APC chapter which eventually led to its colossal loss at the Supreme Court.

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