Yari/Marafa Reconciliation Tears APC Apart, As Members Defect To PDP En Mass


Following the reconciliation between former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) are defecting to the ruling PDP in Zamfara state en mass.

Col Rabi’u Garba Yandoto (rtd)

One of such people who served as a Security officer to the APC, Colonel Rabi,u Garba Yandoto has on Tuesday February 2nd, announced his defection from the All Progressives Congress APC, to People’s Democratic Party PDP.

Yandoto, a retired colonel made his defection known through a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Gusau, Zamfara state capital.

Col Yandoto said his decision to defect followed the reconciliation on Monday between the former Governor of the state Abdulaziz Yari and former Senator Kabiru Marafa who represented Zamfara Central at the Senate.

He said the reconciliation was nothing rather than grand deception for the members and supporters of the party.

The party stalwart who was the APC security officer in Zamfara state expressed his shock and disappointment over the reconciliation which he described as an intrigue of destroying the former governor and the APC as a party.

He expressed concern and doubt over the genuineness of the two factional leaders, Yari and Marafa in safeguarding the interests of the supporters and the generality of the people of Zamfara state.

Yandoto further wondered why the two factional leaders were busy holding meetings on how to plan a strategy to take over the mantle of leadership of the state come 2023 general elections, while the burial of a staunch member of the party Late Jamilu Ibrahim Shinkafi was taking place.

Late Jamilu Shinkafi deserved sympathy, regard and honour from the two reconciled leaders of the party, especially considering how he used his resources, time and energy to restore the lost glory of the party in the state.

He said the attitude shown by the leaders of not paying last respects to the deceased has demonstrated their share greed and selfishness.

He alleged that Yari and Marafa are not interested in the welfare and wellbeing of the other members of the party in particular and the state in general, but their selfish desires and interests.

He said as the security officer of the party whose struggle was to bring peace, security and sanity of the party and Zamfara state, he had no option, but to dump the party and join PDP who he believes will give him the opportunity to execute positive plans for the realisation of his vision and mission for the people of Zamfara state and Nigeria in general.

He also expressed his satisfaction with the efforts currently being undertaken by the present government under the able leadership of Gov Bello Muhammed Mutawallen Maradun, who vowed to bring peace, security and harmony to the people of the state.

The retired Col also advised former Governor Yari to be careful of Senator Marafa’s sinister relationship which may lead him to total disrepute and ruining his political career.

It could be recalled that Col Yandoto rtd joined the APC about six years ago, and has always been a loyal member with large fellowship in Tsafe local government area and other local council areas of Zamfara state.

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