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Fayose Warns Zamfara Gov Against Violence Over INEC’s Rejection Of APC Candidates

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has cautioned

the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari against instigating

violence over the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

position barring the All Progressives Congress (APC) from fielding

candidates in the general elections in the State.

The former governor, who urged that the attention of the international

community should be focussed on Zamfara State, said; “Now that their

plot to impose emergency rule on Zamfara state so that electoral

process can start afresh to enable APC field candidates has failed,

they are now trying to throw the State into more violence to prevent

elections from holding.”

Fayose said on Saturday, that Governor Yari must be held accountable for violence in

the State, noting that; “Having surrendered his powers as Chief

Security Officer of the State, he should stop making statements

capable of inciting violence just because APC will not field

candidates in the elections.”

Fayose said; “It should be noted that Kabir Marafa, the senator

representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District in the National

Assembly on the platform of the APC said on January 31 that he doesn’t

give a damn if the party (APC) loses in Zamfara in forthcoming


“It is instructive to note that exactly five days after Senator Marafa

made this widely publicized statement, suspected bandits killed his

sister, Ade Marafa,  and abducted her husband in Zamfara State.

“Should this be called a coincidence or linked to the comment Senator

Marafa made?”

The former governor said it was important for political leaders in

Nigeria to operate within the rules, adding that “It is not the fault

of INEC that internal crisis in the APC in Zamfara, just like other

States caused the party its rights to field candidates for National

Assembly, Governorship and State Assembly candidates.

“Therefore, Governor Yari should just lick  his political wounds

quietly and let the people of Zamfara elect his successor from among

candidates of other participating political parties.”

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