Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
The lawmaker representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Marafa and the Chairman, Ward and Local Government Congress Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State, Amb. Dauda Danladi, have differed on the credibility of the ward congresses held in the state last Saturday.
Marafa, who protested against the alleged disenfranchisement of delegates in the wards congresses, stated that the committee could not go ahead to conduct the LG congresses when the ward congresses were not successful.
The senator specifically asked the committee not to conduct the local government congresses in the state on Saturday, threatening to mobilise his loyalists against the exercise.
Danladi, however, said the exercise was transparent and successful. He asked Marafa and others who were aggrieved with the exercise to approach the appeal committee set up by the APC to treat petitions against the exercise. He also said the panel would go ahead to conduct the LG congresses on Saturday.
Marafa, in a message sent to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, warned that the committee’s chairman would be held responsible for any breakdown of the law and order should he (Danladi) insist on going ahead with the LG congresses.
He said, “There was no election in Zamfara last Saturday, there is, therefore, no ward executive in the whole of Zamfara. Despite all this and many more valid observations and complains, you went ahead to supervise a kangaroo and shameful process, staking your good name and hard-earned integrity.
“Remember, insistence on illegality is an invitation to chaos and anarchy. May Allah guide us to always do the right thing. Nigeria is not a Banana Republic, it has laws and it is governed by laws. You must follow the guidelines and do what is right.
“Lastly, I want to remind you of Mr. President, President Muhammadu Buhari’s stand on elective/consensus congresses at all levels of the party and the resolution of some party members to sue the party for the one year’ extension (of the tenure of the National Working Committee) earlier approved.