Senator urges President Buhari to shelve Zamfara campaign

The Senator representing Zamfara Central at the National Assembly, Kabiru Marafa has emphasized that given the current political impasse in Zamfara State, there is no need for President Buhari to visit the State to campaign for votes.

Speaking to State House Correspondents, after observing the Jumma’at prayers at the Aso Rock villa mosque, the Senator said whether the President visits the state or not, it will not change the level of support and number of votes he will gain from the state.

Like I said, I just submitted a proposal which I think will serve the interest of our party, the President and our people. We don’t have candidates for now because of the political impasse that characterised Zamfara State in the last few months and the President was billed to be in Zamfara on Sunday, Feb. 3

Because of the rumple between disagreeing parties, we felt it is better Mr President suspends his visit to Zamfara. After all, we are there; we can campaign for him; he knows us; he knows our individual capacities; there is no point bringing all the factions under one umbrella, because once the President is there, if you like the President and you are with him, you will like to show your face.

However, we feel it is avoidable; but you cannot come to the President with just one single suggestion. So I just put my opinion across; that if it is a must; maybe the party has fixed Feb. 3 for the visit, then we want to excused because there is no way President Muhammad Buhari will go to Zamfara and my face is not seen and people will not ask questions and I think it is not fair just to absent like that. We are not doing what we are doing to impress anybody; we have already gotten all the necessary trust and belief from Mr President even if he is not there, we will do the right thing. But if the party or the Presidential Campaign Council feels they must be in Zamfara on Sunday, we and our supporters want to be excused and we will conduct our own rally for the President on a different date and we will televise it live on TV so that everybody can see; so let everybody show his support in Zamfara not to come together and then everybody will be claiming victory that I pulled this crowd; let everybody stand on his own. The most important thing is that we all believe in Mr President and we all like him and we will support him and we want him to win; so let us work individually, and Feb. 16, we will all converge on the box and show what we can do but let the people of Nigeria see us individually, he said.

He however informed Journalists that his faction of the APC had since approached the Court of Appeal, requesting that the party be allowed to conduct its primary election in order to field a candidate for the gubernatorial election next month.

We are now before the appeal court to say that Appeal Court should reconsider the judgement and give APC new lease of life; allow APC to conduct primaries; just one day is okay. We conduct primaries and submit the result to INEC. We hope Appeal Court will do justice to the people of Zamfara and to the various aspirants that purchased the forms at a very high cost, Senator Marafa said.

Meanwhile, the President’s proposed campaign visit to Zamfara State, scheduled for Sunday February 3 has been rescheduled to a later date.

Source: Voice of Nigeria