Some supporters of Senator Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara) have raised alarm after they were denied access into the Eagle Square on Saturday.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention was held Saturday at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the publicity secretary of the Kabir Marafa faction of the APC in Zamfara State, Muhammad Bakyasuwa, said some delegates from the state were stopped because they were wearing t-shirts with photos of Mr Marafa on it.
Mr Bakyasuwa, who said they belonged to the legitimate APC faction in Zamfara State under the State Chairman, Surajo Gusau, explained that they were rightly elected in the parallel APC state congresses of 5th, 12th and 19th May 2018 in Zamfara State.
“We are in Abuja to witness this convention as Zamfara State National Convention Delegates and Supporters of Senator Kabir Garba Marafa, CON, for Governor of Zamfara State in 2019 and also supporters of President Muhammed Buhari for second term in 2019.
“We are here with all our delegates and over one thousand supporters but we have been denied entry into the Eagle Square. So, we hereby appeal to our new national party leaders to be fair and recognize our faction as the legitimate APC leadership in Zamfare State,” part of the statement read.
He further explained that the faction fulfilled all the requirements for contesting party positions “while the Abdullaziz Yari faction did not fulfil the requirements.”
“The Governor Yari faction didn’t pay for the forms for contesting elections to party positions but our own faction fulfilled all the conditions including the payment for all the nomination forms,” he said.
He vowed to take appropriate action to seek redress, stating that they are dully and legitimate elected executives of APC in Zamfara state.
“They stopped us because some of our supporters were wearing T- shirts with the photograph of our leader, Senator Kabir Garba Marafa.
“We wish to restate with serious emphasis the resolve of our faction to pursue all legitimate means of ensuring that justice and fairness is done to us by giving us our due recognition as the legislate APC leadership in Zamfara State,” he added.
This came shortly before President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to aggrieved members of the APC to keep faith with the party, saying things would soon be put right.
The president had said the crisis in some of the party’s state chapters was a price the party had to pay for its electoral victory in 2015.
He also appealed to the delegates to shun personal interests and to accept the outcome of the convention in good faith in the interest of the party and the nation.
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