Zamfara Governor, Senator Fight Over REC Nominee
Governor Abdulaziz Yari, of Zamfara State on Thursday clashed with the Senator representing Zamfara Central, Kabiru Marafa, over the former’s opposition to the nomination and confirmation of Ahmed Bello Mahmoud as the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) nominee from the state.
While Yari is insisting that the nominee should not be confirmed by the Senate, Marafa is saying otherwise.
Mahmoud was nominated by President Muhammadu as the REC representing Zamfara State.
His nomination was, however, opposed by Governor Yari and a Senator from Zamfara State, Tijjani Kaura.
According to the governor, his opposition to Mahmoud’s nomination was based on a claim that he did not hail from the state.
Governor had claimed the nominee hails from Sokoto State. Sen. Kaura, on the other hand, claimed that the nominee hails from Kebbi State and should, therefore, not be confirmed to represent Zamfara State as a REC.
Governor Yari, it was learnt, petitioned the Senate and President Buhari to withdraw the nomination and appoint an indigene of the state to occupy the position.
Marafa, however, expressed dismay at Yari’s insistence on frustrating the confirmation of Mahmoud, stressing that even Yari was not originally from Zamfara State.
The senator stated that Yari’s parents are from Sokoto State.
He said that Mahmoud was born in Zamfara and had his primary, secondary and university education in the state and served as the state's Commissioner of Justice .
Marafa said: “It is very clear that the only opposition to this nominee is coming from the Governor of Zamfara State, who wrote to the President that the nominee is not from Zamfara State, but from Sokoto State. “My colleague from Zamfara North stood on the floor to say the nominee is from Kebbi State.
"The committee did a very good job when they said the nominee was born in Gusau, went to school in Anka, served as the Commissioner of Justice in Zamfara for four years.
“The Governor (Yari) wrote a petition. He has a right to write a petition, but he cannot violate our order. His petition is not accompanied with an affidavit. Therefore, his petition is null and void.
“I want to state very clearly that the governor has no right. This is Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are not his (Yari) boys. I am not his boy and this Senate cannot be his rubber stamp. We cannot hold somebody’s future because of the interest of one particular man, who is equally guilty.”