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Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2019

Osinbajo moves to end Zamfara APC crisis

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By Lawrence Olaoye

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has intervened in the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State.
The APC in Zamfara State has been embroiled in a dispute over who flags the party’s flag in the oncoming general election.
One of the principal actors and an APC governorship aspirant, Senator Kabir Marafa, met with the Vice President behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa yesterday.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Marafa who represents Zamfara Central Senatorial District and Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources, Downstream said, “I am here because of that, because of the logjam. The vice president is concerned that the problem still lingers.
“He regretted that the problem has persisted because it is a family problem and he promised to do the needful. We will tap from his years of experience and wisdom.”
Marafa said he had a fruitful discussion with the vice president, who made a proposal that would lead to the resolution of the dispute.
He said the proposal would be discussed with his supporters before he would give a feedback to the vice president.
He said, “Our discussion was quite fruitful; it was an honest discussion. He is a good man and he gave out a proposal, which we are going to look at. We are not alone in the journey. We have followers and friends. We are going to look at it and I promise him that I will get back to him today or tomorrow.“
He said the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections from February 16 to February 23 was an advantage to the Zamfara APC, adding, “Naturally, if not because of the postponement I wouldn’t have been here today. So, it goes without saying that it is an advantage.
“If the election had taken place last Saturday, there won’t be anything to discuss. So it is an understatement to say that it is an advantage to Zamfara State. So, for whatever it is, it definitely gives Zamfara State some five more days within which to work out something.”

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