Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
In anticipation of Friday’s judgement of the Supreme Court on the election crisis in Zamfara State, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara) has raised alarm that Governor Abdulaziz Yari’s iftar dinner (breaking of Ramadan fast) with President Muhammadu Buhari in Saudi Arabia was an attempt to influence the outcome of the court.
Marafa said that no matter how closed the governor get the President, it won’t change the outcome of the apex court ruling on the Zamfara election debacle.
Yari and the Emir of Maradun Alhaji Garba Tambari (uninvited) on Sunday, had Iftar dinner with President Buhari in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The Supreme Court had fixed the judgement of the appeals filed by Yari and APC on the ruling of Appeal Court Sokoto on Zamfara APC candidates tussle for Friday.
But Marafa in a statement on Monday, said that “the uninvited and unwanted company of Yari at this point in time when the Supreme Court had fixed Friday 24 for judgement on Yari and APC Appeals amounts to contempt.”
He called on the esteemed Supreme Court justices and the good people of Nigeria to ignore what he called, “Yari’s show of shame”.
” It is all aimed at showing the panel of the esteemed justices and Nigerians that the president is friendly and sympathetic to his ungodly act.
“I can authoritatively say that the president is not with the wicked and unjust, the President stands for fairness and justice to all party members.
” This is illustrated by his (Buhari) call to all aggrieved party members to approach the courts for redress on any injustice meted out on them by the party or any individual.”
He added that, “For avoidance of any doubt, let me state that the president has never been happy with the happenings in Zamfara and he stands with the people of the state on this issue.
Those dropping his name to influence judgement are his enemies, enemies of democracy, enemies of the people of Zamfara state in particular and the nation in general.
“It is quite disheartening that Gov Yari and the Emir of Maradun will leave their domain on Saturday, the very day 13 people were killed during iftar and the bandits refused to allow the villagers to even bury their loved ones.
Yari and the Emir decided to abandon them and travel to Saudi Arabia to dine with the the president so that he can get undue advantage.”
Marafa added that he knows that the president doesn’t support evil and evil doers.
He therefore called on the esteemed judges to discharge their responsibility without fear or favour.
” The president is interested in justice only and not anybody or group of persons,” he said.
No fewer than 13 people were killed on Saturday in Gidan Kaso village of Birnin Magaji local Government area of Zamfara state.
The governor’s camp had requested the Supreme Court to set aside the judgement of the Appeal Court which upturned the ruling of the Zamfara High Court upon which INEC recognised the candidates nominated by the governor for the last general elections.