Zamfara crisis: Former northern governor emerges as new APC leader

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The two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State have reconciled their differences and agreed to form a formidable force ahead of future elections. Mikailu Barau, a chieftain of the party, announced the reconciliation in an 11-point resolution at the end of a meeting on Sunday in Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that supporters of the two camps, led by former Gov. Abdul-azeez Yari and Kabiru Marafa respectively, attended the reconciliation meeting.

Mr Barau announced that part of the resolutions at the meeting was the nomination of Mr Yari as the new leader of the party in the state. The two camps earlier met on Saturday and agreed with the leadership and initiative of Gov Maimala Buni-led APC National Care Taker Committee to resolve the crisis in the state.

“The supporters of Marafa and Yari unanimously endorsed the reconciliation move and welcomed the development for repositioning the party, so that it would occupy its rightful leadership place in Zamfara state.

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“The interim leadership of APC in Zamfara state from the faction of Yari was accepted in good spirit with high expectations for fair deal through the inclusion of Sen. Marafa’s supporters at all levels,” Barau said. According to him, by this statement, all parallel party structures under Mr Marafa are considered dissolved.

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“Hon. Abdul’Azeez Yari is hereby recognised as the leader of the party in the spirit of reconciliation, unity and progress of Zamfara as a state and APC as a party,” the party chieftain added.

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