- There seems to be a crack in the relationship between some APC chieftains in Zamfara state at the moment
- The argument between party chieftains is centred around whether they should participate in the APC state congress
- The state congress initially slated for Saturday, November 20 was moved to Saturday, November 13 by the APC national leadership
Gusau - A fresh crisis has reportedly engulfed the Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the camp of the former state governor, Abdulaziz Yari has allegedly split into two over the recent state congress.
Yari's camp had on February this year collapsed with the faction of Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, following the intervention of the presidency and the national leadership of the APC, a development that ended the three years crisis in the state chapter of the party.
There was relative peace in the party until the defection of the state governor, Bello Matawalle in June this year.
Matawalle's defection created new cracks as the old members of the party (Yari and Marafa camps) and the governor's supporters failed to agree on sharing key positions within Zamfara APC.
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The inability of the tendencies in the state chapter to integrate forced the national leadership to delay the conduct of the party's congresses in the state.
But, the party via a letter dated Wednesday, November 10, addressed to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said it has rescheduled its congress in Zamfara state for Saturday, November 13.
The letter signed by the secretary of the APC caretaker committee, Senator John James AkpanUdoedehe, informed INEC that the congress earlier scheduled for Saturday, November 20, will now hold today, November 13.
To this effect, Legit.ng gathered that an emergency meeting of the Yari/Marafa camp was convened on Friday, November 12 where the issue of the congress was tabled and discussed.
Reliable sources said Yari camp was split into two with one group insisting on pursuing the pending litigation on the dissolution of party executives while the second group backed today's congress.
The first group under the leadership of Lawal M. Liman, the chairman of the dissolved executives under Yari, insisted on pursuing their pending litigation on the dissolution of their executives by the national caretaker committee of the party.
But a chieftain of the party in the second camp said they will organise a parallel congress, adding that top shots in the Zamfara APC are in support of them.
APC chieftain denies rumours of Yari joining PDP
Recently, APC chieftain and public affairs commentator, Musa Dangusau debunked rumours that Yari may defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Dangusau stated that the stories were sponsored by new entrants in the party uncomfortable with Yari's popularity.
He added that certain underhand dealings and surreptitious manipulations have exposed plans by persons with vested interests to orchestrate campaigns of calumny against the former governor of Zamfara.
Prominent Zamfara indigene lampoons Matawalle's leadership style
Meanwhile, Suleman Tukura, a public affairs commentator based in Samaru, Gusau, the Zamfara capital, has lamented over the leadership style of Governor Matawalle.
In an opinion piece sent to Legit.ng, Tukura stated that:
“The governor obviously has no strategy; he is neither here nor there; he has no time to meet with his appointees to discuss issues of concerns to the state and the way forward.”