APC Has Not Been Fair, Just To People Of Zamfara – Senator Kabiru Marafa


Senator Kabiru Marafa says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not been fair and just to his faction and that of the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari.

He said this while fielding questions from journalists over the removal of APC billboards and posters from their factional Secretariat in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

Senator Marafa said the APC has offended the people of Zamfara State, hence removing the party symbols and billboards was the right thing by members and supporters of the former Governor of the State.

He said they remain in APC to prove some point to certain individuals that the Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa led factions are bonafide members of the party contrary to the lies being spread by some people that they are not genuine members of the APC.

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“APC has not been just and fair with the people of Zamfara State, I can tell you this. If the people of Zamfara State wake up today and clean or erase APC in all their houses, I think they have done the right thing,” he said.

“The only thing why we remain in APC is to prove some point, some of them are going about lying to people that we are not members of APC, we challenge them on national television, send us out if you feel, we built the APC, nobody APC did not build us.”

Senator Marafa disclosed that APC has more than two hundred and sixty (260) cases in court and he believes that one of the cases will see the light of the day at the Supreme Court.

He hinted that there are three groups in APC, the first group he said would remain to take part in the last battle of disintegration of the party while the second group is those who are desirous of contesting the election and winning, therefore, they need leave the APC because there is a problem in the party and the third group would remain to prove a point in the party.

The former lawmaker said that despite the zoning of the party chairmanship to the North Central zone of the country, the former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari decided to obtain the chairmanship form to prove a point to certain people who claimed they are not registered members of the party.

“We have proven that point beyond a reasonable doubt, Abdulaziz Yari bought the form even though it was not zoned to his zone, was screened and cleared,” Senator Marafa said.

Marafa Asks Court To Nullify Zamfara APC Congresses Conducted By Matawalle Faction

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The Zamfara State High Court has adjourned the suit filed by Senator Kabiru Marafa against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to March 14 for further mention.

Marafa is challenging the illegality and exclusion of members of his faction from participating in the state congresses of the APC after they had purchased forms.

The presiding judge, Justice Bello Kucheri after listening to both parties, adjourned the case to 14th, March for an extension of time for the defendants to adopt counter-affidavits and written addresses and for the plaintiff to present preliminary objections.

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The lead counsel to the plaintiff, John Shaka said the National Working Committee of the APC, state, local government and ward levels in Zamfara are illegal and unlawful.

He claimed that the APC leadership is acting as if the party does not have a constitution which is the guiding principle of the party affairs, which is why his client is in court to challenge them to adhere to the constitution of the party.

Counsel to the APC, Shiaka Dikko, said certain applications were granted by the court and subsequently adjourned the matter for further mention.

He also said his client had asked for an extension of time to come with an application to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case and the plaintiff does not have the locus standing to institute a suit against the APC as he is not a member of the National Working Committee and did not participate in the state congresses.

Bandits Kill Senator Marafa’s Sister, Abduct Others In Zamfara

Troops Kill 21 Suspected Bandits, Rescue 89 Victims In Zamfara


Suspected armed bandits have killed the elder sister of the lawmaker representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Marafa.

The spokesperson to the Senator, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, Sa’adatu Marafa was killed when the bandits stormed her home in Ruwan Bore Community in Gusau Local Government Area of the state, in the early hours of Tuesday.

The bandits were also said to have abducted her husband, as well as his brother.

Thereafter, they were said to have invaded another community where they set houses ablaze and abducted several other people.

The police have yet to issue a statement on the incident.

Senate Reshuffles Committee Chairmen

Bukola-Saraki-Nigeria-Senate-President-on-senate-rule-forgeryThe Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on Thursday reshuffled the leadership of senate committees.

Amongst the members reshuffled are Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, who previously chaired the Committee on Women Affairs. She is now the Chairperson, Senate Committee on Environment.

While former Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Population, Kabiru Marafa, will now operate as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum.

The Senate President made the announcement shortly before the Senate adjourned on Thursday.

Other members reshuffled include;
· Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs

· Senator Adamu Aliero, Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation

· Senator Jibrin Barau, Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND

· Senator Binta Marsi Garba, Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs

· Senator Joshua Dariye, Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Procurement

· Senator James Manager, Chairman, Senate Committee on Solid Minerals

· Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power

· Senator Hunkuyi Suleiman, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Identity

· Senator Suleiman Adokwe, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Orientation and Information

· Senator Jide Omoworare, Chairman, Senate Committee on Legislative Compliance

· Senator Baba Kaka Garbai, Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business

· Senator Tijani Kaura, Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character

· Senator Ahmed Ogembe, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport

· Senator Omo Agege, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport

· Senator Philip Aduda, Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum

Senator Questions Legality Of Senate’s Standing Committees

Nigeria-SenateThe Senator representing Zamfara Central, Kabiru Marafa, has questioned the legality of the 65 standing committees announced by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, November 4.

At the continuation of legislative proceedings on Tuesday, Senator Marafa raised a point of order, insisting that the Principle of Fairness was not followed in the appointment of committee chairmen.

The Senate President had named 65 Senate Committees to oversee various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government. He also named the committees’ chairmen and deputy chairmen.

Forty-one of the committees are chaired by the ruling All Progressives Congress’ Senators while 24 committees are headed by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

There was however no visible reaction after he named the chairmen and vice chairmen of the committees until the resumption of legislative proceedings on Tuesday.

Questioning the legality of the standing committees, the lawmaker also pointed out that the creation of more standing committees was illegal.

“The Senate President did not consult with the selection committee before taking this decision,” he alleged.

Briefing journalists after plenary, the spokesman for Senate explained the position of the Senate on the issue of chairmanship of committees and appealed to lawmakers dissatisfied with the committees given to them to put aside their grievances and focus on doing the job which Nigerians elected them to do.

Senate Announces Akpabio As Minority Leader

AkpabioThe Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has announced Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Minority Leader of the Senate.

Senator Saraki read a letter at plenary today, (Tuesday) submitted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the Senate which listed the names of the remaining principal officers in the Senate.

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha was named Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Philip Aduda becomes Minority Whip and Senator Biodun Olujimi is Deputy Minority Whip.

However, Senator Kabiru Marafa raised a point of order alerting the Senate that the nomination of Senator Godswill Akpabio violated the Senate rules on ranking.

But the Senate President ruled Senator Marafa out of order, after the Deputy Senate President explained that the constitution allows every lawmaker, irrespective of ranking, to aspire for the seats of principal officers.

The Senators afterwards passed a vote of confidence on the principal officers of the Senate and warned the Police and security agents not to be used by any person to blackmail Senators and their spouses.