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Despite be protest by both the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdelaziz Yari, and a party stalwart, Senator Kabiru Marafa, the All Progressives Congress says it’s verdict that the Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle remains the leader of the party .
The Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the party, Governor Mai Mala Buni, had dissolved the APC state executive committee and announced Matawalle as the new party leader.
But, Yari and Marafa had in separate interviews with the Hausa Service of the BBC, rejected Buni’s declaration, insisting that negotiations were still ongoing.
The National Secretary of the APC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, said, “I align myself with our National Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni. He spoke the mind of the party; this is not a controversial issue.”
Also, a former governor of the state, Senator Ahmed Yerima, said as things stood today in Zamfara State, Matawalle was the leader of all members of the APC.
He said this in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC, monitored in Abuja on Friday.
Yerima said, “For every member of the APC in Zamfara now, whether he says it or not, the Constitution gives Bello Matawale the leadership of the APC.
“Since we now have a governor, what he told the BBC has come true. Even among family members, there are instances where there will be disagreements between an elder brother and I younger one.
“That’s how politics is. As the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai said, this is not the end of the matter.
“There will still be discussions on how a new caretaker leadership will emerge because a permanent leadership will be decided after the national body comes out with the guidelines for elections. Whoever God gives will be elected.