November 27, (THEWILL) – Supporters of the Senator Kabiru Marafa-led faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Zamfara state held fresh congresses to elect new state officials for the party on Saturday.
Thousands of party members who had pledged allegiance to Marafa in the 14 local government areas of the state gathered in Gusau, the state capital, to elect Alhaji Surajo Maikatako as the new state chairman.
Marafa and his supporters had before now held ward and local government congresses in Zamfara state.
Saturday’s exercise was conducted peacefully under the watchful eyes of security operatives.
In his acceptance speech, the new factional state chairman, Maikatako, expressed his gratitude for the confidence reposed in him.
He said, “With the peaceful conduct of the exercise, we are on the right path of consolidating our hold in Zamfara state, the north west and the entire country.
“While wishing you safe trips back to your respective homes, I assure you that I will not let you down in this journey to rescue our state.”
He commended security agencies for the support given to them during the exercise.
Other members of the State Working Committee are Dan Malam Mai Yadi (vice chairman), Nasiru Muhammad Gummi (secretary), Auwalu Garba Alhazzai (treasurer), and Abubakar Gusau (legal adviser).
Also elected were Mamuda Gaba (financial secretary), Bello Bakyasuwa (publicity secretary), Kabiru Rabiu (auditor), Lauwali Bello Viara (youth leader), Hussaini Dan Isha (welfare secretary), Nafisa Ahmad (women leader) and Abubakar Usman Gora (organising secretary).
Senator Marafa also dismissed speculations that he is planning to dump the APC along with former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari.
“We are senior engineers and architects in the project team that designed, built and maintained APC from inception to date.
“This is the wishful thinking of the minions parading themselves as the new owners of APC today. We are senior engineers and architects in the project team that designed, built and maintained APC from the beginning to date.
“We are not going to leave the complex in the hands of those who were labourers, masons, plumbers and carpenters in the design and construction days, No way! We are not going anywhere. Emir no de go transfer,” he said.