Former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari and Sen. Kabiru Marafa have dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Marafa represented Zamfara Central in the 7th and 8th Senate from 2011 to 2019. Chairman of Zamfara PDP, Col. Bala Mande (rtd), announced the defection of Yari and Marafa after a stakeholders’ meeting in Gusau, yesterday.
Mande said they had sat down and finalised the issue of the defection of the duo and agreed to work for the development of the party.
“We have all agreed to work for the development of PDP in the state; hence we welcome them to its fold. We will ensure justice and fairness to all members, even after winning the elections in 2023. The date for their grand reception to our party will be announced later, but we are going to implement all the agreements reached during the stakeholders’ meeting,” Mande said.
The Publicity Secretary of Yari faction of APC, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji, confirmed the development to newsmen, but did not give details.
“Yes, it is true; we are moving to opposition PDP, and this is all I can say for now,” Magaji said.
Yari and Marafa lost control of Zamfara APC after Governor Bello Matawalle defected to the party last year and told those who would not recognise him as Zamfara APC leader to leave.