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Mujahid runs as unbiased for Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo, believes UCP will take him again

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Zulkifl Mujahid is working as an unbiased candidate however insists he’s the UCP’s true candidate for Fort McMurray-Wooden Buffalo.

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Mujahid was ousted by the celebration on April 19 when the UCP’s management discovered about two authorized issues Mujahid is going through in courtroom. The allegations aren’t felony and haven’t been confirmed in courtroom. Incumbent UCP candidate Tany Yao, who misplaced the nomination race to Mujahid final December, was named the candidate on April 21.

Elections Alberta’s web site states Mujahid is working as an unbiased candidate and isn’t affiliated with any celebration. Mujahid hopes UCP Chief Danielle Smith will welcome him again into the celebration by Might 11, which is the deadline for candidates to register with Elections Alberta. If this doesn’t occur, Mujahid believes the UCP caucus will let Mujahid be part of them if he’s elected as an MLA.

“My celebration will see that I’m harmless and can remorse what they did and take me again. I’m not leaving my celebration,” stated Mujahid in a Thursday interview. “I see myself because the UCP candidate.”

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Smith kicked MLAs out of her caucus as Wildrose Chief and stored MLA Drew Barnes, who was kicked out of caucus by former premier Jason Kenney, out of the UCP. However Smith additionally let Todd Loewen return to caucus when she grew to become chief, he stated.

Mujahid stated Smith has not spoken with him about turning into a UCP candidate. He hopes Kenney and outgoing UCP MLA Travis Toews will publicly assist him, though Mujahid stated he has not spoken with them.

He stated his supporters nonetheless throughout the UCP’s driving affiliation are satisfied the celebration will welcome him again if he overcomes his authorized challenges. Mujahid additionally stated he’s nonetheless getting emails meant for UCP candidates.

“Even when I win or I don’t win, I’m UCP and I’ll work for the UCP,” stated Mujahid. “This city belongs to conservatives and the true conservatives, and I’m the true man, the elected candidate.”

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Supporters of ousted UCP candidate Zulkifl Mujahid protest outside a fundraising dinner hosted by Premier Danielle Smith at Shell Place on April 28, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Supporters of ousted UCP candidate Zulkifl Mujahid protest exterior a fundraising dinner hosted by Premier Danielle Smith at Shell Place on April 28, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community

Jean, different candidates touch upon dispute

Yao has chosen to disregard Mujahid as he begins his marketing campaign. Most  of the UCP driving’s membership accepted Yao as their candidate, though Mujahid’s supporters have vowed to struggle Yao. UCP candidate for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche Brian Jean stated the UCP had a proper to switch Mujahid.

“The chief and the board has a prerogative to choose their candidates, and so they selected to train it,” stated Jean in a earlier interview. “As a previous chief, I can say that’s a major step and it might not have been finished except It was completely mandatory.”

NDP candidate Tanika Chaisson didn’t wish to remark particularly on the dispute between Mujahid and Yao. However, she stated there was loads of infighting inside UCP driving associations throughout Alberta in latest months.

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“Rachel Notley and the NDP staff are competent, they’re reliable, they’re prepared to steer and they’re constant,” she stated in an interview. “We wish to be a steady celebration for individuals to select from. There’s not all these highs and lows and dangers and unpredictability.”

Brad Friesen of the Alberta Get together additionally didn’t wish to remark particularly on the matter, however identified the Alberta Get together has been spared related disputes.

“I joined the Alberta Get together as a result of I used to be bored with the guarantees from the UCP and NDP however seeing no motion,” he stated in an interview. “We’re a steady celebration with concepts and we’re prepared to steer. In Fort Mcmurray, we’d like stability for our oil business.”

Impartial candidate Funky Banjoko didn’t wish to touch upon the matter.

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