- PDP has said that it would retain Zamfara state in 2023
- The factional groups within APC in the state on Monday, February 1, reconciled and vowed to reclaim the state from the PDP
- The PDP, however, noted that the reconciliation of APC factions can not stop the opposition from being defeated in 2023
Following the reconciliation between two factional groups of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state, some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have maintained that nothing would stop Governor Bello Matawalle's re-election in 2023.
Daily Trust reports the PDP which is the ruling party in the state said the decision of the APC factions to unite would not affect its fortunes during the next general elections.
Legit.ng gathered that the feud between the camps of former governor Abdulaziz Yari and an ex-senator Kabiru Garba Marafa over the APC primaries cost the party the governorship and other elective positions in the state in 2019.
The governor of Yobe state and the national caretaker committee of the APC reconciled Yari and Marafa on Monday, February 1.
Some PDP loyalists who reacted to the development, however, said the reconciliation would not affect their party in the 2023 general elections.
The PDP’s spokesman in the state, Alhaji Farouk Ahmad, said:
“Their reconciliation will not affect the votes the PDP will rake in in the next elections. Our supporters are intact and we are still with them. So there is no cause for alarm.”
The special adviser to the governor on politics, Ibrahim Ma’aji Gusau, also said the reconciliation would not in any way affect the fortunes of the party in the state.
“It is the people that will make their choice at last. They will decide to vote for A or B and this will not detract us from doing what is right to transform the lives of the people in the state, after all, the power to change or make is on the thumbs of the residents."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that after months of power tussle, the former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari and a former senator from the state, Kabiru Garba Marafa finally agreed to embrace peace.
It was reported that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state on Monday, February 1, met with the two factional leaders of the APC in the state to end the lingering crisis rocking the party.
Buni, who is the caretaker committee chairman of the APC, met with Yari and Marafa at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.