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Zamfara: Senator Marafa-led APC distances self from attributing Gen. Ali Gusau (rtd) with banditry

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The Senator Marafa-led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State has distanced self from the recent attribution of banditry and other heinous crimes to the retired General Ali Gusau by the Spokesman of Governor Matawalle-led faction of the APC, Malam Yusuf Idris.

In a statement by the APC Spokesperson of the Marafa-led faction, Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun and made available to Journalists in Gusau, said the filthy statement against a stateman and a former National Security Adviser like General Ali Gusau, should be disregarded for it’s being baseless and irresponsible.

“We read with dismay, the reckless and wild allegations made by one Yusuf Idris who presented himself as Zamfara State APC Publicity Secretary associating the state of insecurity with a ‘Retired General’ who owns 70 percent of the mining sites in the state.

“One of the publications in one of the national dailies of 4th January, 2022 quoted Mr. Yusuf arguing irrationally by using when and how PDP Governors commiserated with Zamfara state on select security incidents as a basis for his spurious association. For the record, we seek to be counted out of this madness.

“The Senator Marafa-led faction of APC under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Sirajo Garba Maikatako, categorically condemns the allegation and consider it baseless, careless and irresponsible.

“Our understanding of the formation and character of the three factions of APC in the state vis-a-vis the contents of the briefing from which the reports were developed point to the action as a product of the crafty government faction that depends on blackmail, propaganda and witch-hunt to survive.

“We are obliged by statements like this to call on the media to do well by indicating clearly the faction of APC from where they sourced the content of their publications. For the record, Zamfara State so far has three factions of APC namely Former Governor Yari-led faction, Senator Marafa-led faction and Governor Bello Matawalle-led faction in the order of their formation since the lingering crisis that characterised the party from 2019 to date.

“Unless the dispute is settled by competent court of law or acceptable consensus, we want to appeal to the professional standing of the media to properly label reports with their relevant factions to avoid misguided attributions, the statement pleaded.

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