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Threat to expel me from APC a huge joke – Marafa

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The Senator who represented the Zamfara Central Senatorial District in the last Assembly, Kabiru Marafa, has dismissed the threat to expel him from the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr Marafa had expressed his reservations on the legality of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party and its activities.

But on Monday, the caretaker committee, through its secretary, John Akpanudodehe, had warned Mr Marafa to submit to party supremacy or be sanctioned.

Reacting through a statement on Wednesday, Mr Marafa said he could not be silenced by the threat of the caretaker committee.

He said: “Expelling me from the party will only aggravate the problem.

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“It will herald the beginning of the agitation; rule of law must be respected.

“The committee is illegal and alien to the constitution of the party, we are building everything on nothing.

“Rather than the expulsion threat, the committee or the chairman should respond to issues I raised.

“The function of the Mai Mala committee is to plan a convention just as its name implies, Mai Mala is the chairman of the APC convention planning committee and not APC itself.

“Section 17 (4) of the constitution of our beloved party, says ‘no officer in any organ of the party shall hold executive position office in government concurrently’.

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“Article 20 states the only way the leadership of the party can evolve.

“We will show him the way out dishonourably. We would not allow the party we contributed immensely to develop to be destroyed by over-ambitious, self-centred and enemies of the party and the country.

“This is the party we laboured, toiled and laid the foundation for its success.

“We will not allow those who have little or no stake in the party to destroy it or to please certain individuals and achieve their selfish interest,” Mr Marafa said.

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