The Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has admitted that the emergence of a splinter group, Reformed All Progressive Congress, R-APC, from the ruling party is a source of concern for its governors.
The governor, however, said that such party crisis was not unexpected in a party of the size of APC as politicians must jostle to advance their own interests.
Yari, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, spoke to State House correspondents after joining his Jigawa and Kebbi counterparts, Abubakar Badaru and Atiku Bagudu, respectively, as well as Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun for a meeting with Chief of Staff to the President on the deadlock in the Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC.
He, however, expressed confidence that the new National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC will be able to resolve the crisis.
He said, “Of course, I am worried, but it is something the party will handle. You know with the approach of election, you will expect this kind of thing, you will expect crisis left, right and centre, especially in a party with an overwhelming majority because of political interests.
“The most important thing is that with the emergence of new leadership everything will be resolved. So, therefore, no panic.”
Yari revealed that there was some progress on the FAAC which was deadlocked in its last meeting.
He added, “Initially it (the meeting) was supposed to be a private visit but it has turned to official visit because you know we were supposed to hold the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee meeting since last week which deadlocked.
“So, the Chief of Staff decided to invite the minister so that we can discuss further and see how best we are going to deal with the matter.
“There is headway because Mr. President and the Minister of Finance will meet with the NNPC officials so that we can resolve the problem with the Federal Allocation Accounts Committee.”