The Zamfara lesson
Besides being at loggerheads with the state governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, Senator Kabiru Marafa fought his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a halt.
Both Senator Marafa and ex-governor Yari were top politicians in All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state. In their struggles and efforts to exert their influences on the party, fictionalised the party.
While the APC faction loyal to ex-Governor Yari claimed it held congresses and had candidates, the faction loyal to Mr Marafa, insisted no primaries held. Internal wrangling among leaders of the APC in Zamfara led to the inability to hold the primaries within the stipulated time by the electoral body, INEC.
The Supreme Court on Friday, May 24, 2019 ruled against the elections of all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections. The court ruled that the party did not conduct valid primaries in the build-up to the elections. It also decided that a party that had no valid candidate cannot be said to have emerged winner of the general elections.
Kogi PDP House of Commotion
While all these were going on in Zamfara state, background of which I gave for purpose of clarity, a group of politicians in PDP, Kogi State chapter, were warming up to challenge incumbent governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello. They had about eight months from the general election schedule to strategise properly but refused to learn from the Zamfara debacle. They were rather drenched in their unholy quest grab power at all costs from governor Bello regardless.
Former governor Ibrahim Idris (2003 – 2012) vowed to have his son, Abubakar Idris, picked the party’s ticket. Erstwhile governor Idris Wada (2012 -2016) wanted to return for the second time having faced a heavy defeat by a dying Prince Abubakar Audu of the APC. In the same line of interest was newbie, one Engr. Musa Wada, himself a son-in-law to Ibrahim Idris and younger brother to former governor Musa Wada. Such clumsiness of interests.
Ibrahim Idris younger son, Suleiman Idris pitched his tent with Engr Wada who married his elder sister; Hajia Asmau Idris. Both Suleiman and Asmau are of the same mother different from Abubakar Idris.
The acrimonious primary election
So the stage was set, and the party primary had begun with Abubakar Idris in early lead, when multiple gunshots were fired at the venue the primary election was being conducted. In the process ballots boxes were carted away and results were later declared in Abuja with Engr Musa Wada as the winner. Ibrahim Idris and his son did not accept the result so they headed to Court.
Last week Thursday, Justice John Olorunfemi of the State High Court 4 in a ruling, declared that the primary election conducted on September 3, 2019, which produced Engr Musa Wada as the candidate of the PDP was fraught with irregularities. He pronounced that PDP had no candidate in the November 16 governorship election in the state. The declaration came while Engr Musa Wada is still challenging governor Bello’s reelection.
The big blow
When some of us, during electioneering campaign, admonished the party to apply sense and maintain decorum, we were called names by their social media warriors. I received threat of attacks. I was called an infidel. I lost friends. But at the end of the day the court had vindicated me. This should serve as a learning that politics does not strive on blind emotions and unstructured divisive agenda and campaign of calumny.
While the party’s aggrieved members were in Court, rather than giving them all the necessary supports, they were preoccupied fighting the state’s Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja, by planting stories in the media of rift between him at the governor. They abandoned their Musa in the Court sought to destabilise the state political system. With the judgement last week, it is certain the big joke is on them. It is also hoped they will learn and transform into true Democrats for the sustainability of peace and progress in the state.