Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, February 19, took advantage of the one-week postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria, to wade into the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Zamfara State.
The APC in Zamfara State has been embroiled in a dispute over the party’s primaries in the state, which has led to uncertainties about the participation of the party’s candidates in the governorship, National Assembly and state Assembly elections in the state.
The factional leader of the APC in the state, Senator Kabir Mararafa, who met
Osinbajo told State House correspondents that the meeting focused on the political impasse in the state.
“I am here because of that, because of the logjam. The vice president is concerned that the problem is still lingering.
“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.”
Mararafa described the discussion with the vice president as a fruitful one that would lead to the resolution of the dispute.
The lawmaker said the proposal would be discussed with his followers before he would give feedback to the vice president on Wednesday.
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.“
Mararafa said the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections from February 16 to February 23 was an advantage to the Zamfara APC.
“Naturally, it 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 would 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,” Mararafa said.