Peace has finally returned to Zamfara All Progressives Congress following the reconciliation of former Governor Abdulaziz Yaru, Senator Kabiru Marafa and other stakeholders of the party in the state.
The worrying factions of the party led by Yari and Marafa were reconciled by the National Chairman of the APC’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Briefing the media after a close doors meeting held at the party’s national secretariat on Monday, Buni said:
“As you can see today, we have been able to achieve reconciliation of our stakeholders in Zamfara State and by extension the entire Zamfara APC. With this we have achieved a milestone as Caretaker Committee of this great party. Our primary mandate being reconciliation of our members across the country and rebuilding and repositioning of this party at all levels.”
Also speaking, Yari said, “Our coming together is paramount for any success now and in the future.
“We have built this party from zero level to where we are and Zamfara has ever remained ANPP- APC state and what led to that success is our coming together.
“So that togetherness is what we’re working to achieve in the future and this is the starting point. This is not symbolic, it’s real that we understand all of us are human beings bound to make mistakes and that mistakes can be corrected so that we can come together to achieve a target and go and bring back our party to limelight in the state and also to maintain the center. A lot of things have been said but the most important thing is we are together and this is the beginning and what happened in the past will never repeat itself.”
Adding his voice Marafa said he was delighted because reconciliation remained an integral part of every human endeavour.
“We are all human beings and we make mistakes and when mistakes happen, it is left to you to use it either as a source of strength or weakness. I hope our own mistake will serve as a source of strength for all of us and for APC itself especially and the country in general.
Our country is facing very serious challenges. Our party was given an unprecedented support that has never been given to any party in Nigeria and we owe the party and Mr. President a duty to support them and support Mr. President to deliver especially for us coming from Zamfara State and the North West in particular. We are facing very serious problems and for that reason I think no amount of effort will be too much,” Marafa said.
Internal crisis in Zamfara State in 2019 saw the party lose all elective positions it won during the general elections in the state to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others.
The Supreme Court had ruled that the APC in the state was not qualified to participate in any elections in the state because it was unable to conduct primary elections.
Among the positions APC won in the state but lost to the PDP, following the court ruling, include the state governorship seat, which is currently occupied by a PDP member, Bello Mattawalle.