APC threatens to expel Marafa for insubordination, indiscipline

THE faceoff between the Senator Kabiru Marafa-led faction of the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress and the National Secretariat, took a turn for the worse on Monday.

This followed a threat issued by the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee to expel Marafa and his supporters for alleged insubordination and indiscipline.

The threat was contained in a statement titled, ‘APC didn’t suspend ward congresses in Zamfara State’, signed by the National Secretary of the CEONCPC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe.

The statement read in part, “The Party urges Sen. Marafa and his cohorts not to reduce the political issues to a contest of personalities but submit to party supremacy and internal dispute resolution structures adequately provided for by the APC Constitution.

“Anything outside this amounts to insubordination and indiscipline and the APC constitution is very clear on this.”

Article 21 (D) of the APC Constitution 2014 (As amended), empowers the party leadership to impose sanctions including expulsion on members depending on the gravity of their offence.

Akpanudoedehe accused Marafa of making “uninformed and misguided” comments regarding the Zamfara State APC congresses.

He said, “After, evaluation and consultations, the Committee, in a letter dated 10th November, 2021 was okayed to proceed with the conduct of the Zamfara State Ward Congresses on Saturday 13th, November 2021, which Sen. Marafa participated.

“This had nothing to do with the 21 days’ notice for the conduct of Wards, Local Government Areas and State Congresses in Zamfara State earlier sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission, which subsists.”

In a statemen titled, “No grandstanding: Respond to issues raised by Senator Marafa against Buni,” signed by the factional State Publicity Secretary, Bello Maradun, said, “In his courageous and issues-driven politics, Sen. Kabiru Marafa, raised pertinent points that undermined the legality of the APC National leadership under Mai-Mala Buni while equally providing the rationale for his APC-led faction to conduct a parallel congress.

“It is interesting that the issues raised by Senator Marafa did not sit well with the so-called caretaker leadership of APC under Mai-Mala Buni.

“We consider it imperative for Mai-Mala and his co-travelers on the road to perdition to what the famous boxing champion Muhammad Ali says “Bragging is when a man says what he can’t do. I do what I say’.

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