The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee on Monday met with the two factional leaders of the party in Zamfara state at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, and discussed ways to nip the festering crisis in the bud.
One of the APC factions in Zamfara state is led by a former Governor of the state, Abdullazeez Yari while another is led by Senator Kabiru Marafa.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting which lasted for several hours, Governor Buni said, “As you can see today, we are able to achieve reconciliation of our stakeholders in Zamfara state and by extension is the reconciliation of the entire Zamfara APC as a family.”
In his remarks Yari said, “This meeting lasted for not more than two to three hours and a lot of things have been discussed. But the most important of what is being discussed, understanding 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 are 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 in the centre.
“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,” he added.
On his part, Senator Kabiru Marfa said, “I am delighted to be here because reconciliation is an integral part of every human endeavour.
“Like the previous speaker said, 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 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.
“I want to use this medium to tell Nigerians today we initiated the process, let me put it that way because we are not the only people we have behind us and these people have absolute confidence in all of us.
“So today marks the very beginning in the chapter of APC in Zamfara State and I hope, given the assurances that I heard from various speakers during the meeting that at the end of the tunnel we would see light,” he said.