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Zamfara APC crisis: Marafa faction accuses Matawalle of using religion to score political goals

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Former Senator Kabiru Marafa-led faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded for Governor Bello Matawalle to stop using religion as a weapon to rid political faction and opposition in effort to turn Zamfara into one political party state.

This was contained ina statement by the faction’s Spokesperson, Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun, describing the alleged action as ungodly and undemocratic for associating politics with the faith.

According to Bakyasuwa, the most recent of those instances was the posters of former Governor Abdul’Azeez Yari and two of his loyalists with the National Leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Malam Ibrahim Zak-Zaky that was displayed in strategic places across the state.

It however stated that, the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria has clearly defined use of any of ethno-religious platforms to deprive rights to play politics for all law abiding citizens a crime, therefore, drew the attention of Governor Matawalle to for the sake of smooth flow of democracy, due away with blackmailing politicians in the state.

“In the last couple of months, every week comes with one controversy or the other arising from the mischief of accusing leading opposition political figures with a campaign of calumny shrouded in religion and insecurity.

“Our understanding is that, this is a cowardly act to create false association between the former Governor and the Shi’ite leader to score a cheap political point from public antagonism to the group.

“In the State House of Assembly, two members from Bakura and Anka were accused of aiding banditry and suspended from the house without fair hearing despite both of them had rejected the accusation and got themselves recorded taking the oath arbitrarily imposed on public officials using the Qur’an to exonerate themselves from the accusation”, the statement has recalled.

The statement further noted that, “Earlier last week, an officially organised press briefing from someone presenting himself as the APC scribe of the government faction, accused General Aliyu Gusau with aiding banditry to protect his mining investments.

“We made a public statement condemning the action and distanced ourselves from the statement because of the attempt to connect it with the Party for which we are all stakeholders and the due respect to the elder statesman even though we are from different political parties”, the statement added.

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