Zamfara gov, lawmakers end rift

THE one-week rift between Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State and members of the state House of Assembly ended on Sunday, following a stakeholders’ meeting at the Government House in Gusau.

The meeting, which was chaired by the chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers and the Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmed, brought the governor and the legislators closer since the impeahment threat started.

Though the outcome of the meeting was scanty as of the time of filing this report, it was gathered that a truce was reached between both parties to abide by the conditions of the resolutions.

The spokesman of the assembly, Nasiru Biyabiki, in a telephone interview with the Nigerian Tribune,  affirmed that the impasse was over.

“As I’m talking to you, the meeting between the governor and the lawmakers was being held behind closed door, and from the feelers we got, the parties have resolved their differences,” he said.

Findings by the Nigerian Tribune revealed that prominent Nigerians had called on both parties to sheathe their swords in the interest of the people who elected them into office.

It was gathered that business mogul, Dahiru Mangal, an in-law to the Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Garba Rikiji, had first met with the lawmakers to appeal to them to drop their impeachment threat.

Also, a meeting between the lawmakers and Governor Aminu Tambuwal was held behind closed doors, at the Sokoto Government House, with a former governor of the old Sokoto State, Mallam Yahaya Abdulkarim and former governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wammako, in attendance.

Meanwhile, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of  Zamfara State has said he had amicably resolved the contending issues between him and the state lawmakers.

“Both parties have identified areas of differences and they all agreed to honour certain agreements that will ensure more cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government,” he stated.

This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen on Sunday, and signed by his Special Adviser, Ibrahim Dosara.

The statement said the agreement was reached during a meeting attended by the representatives of the state APC leadership and state council of chiefs, who told the warring parties that no meaningful development could be achieved without the cooperation and understanding between the executive and legislative arms of government.

Speaker of the assembly, Honourable Sanusi Garba Rikiji, also affirmed the development that an agreement was signed to end the rift.

The meeting was attended by the state deputy governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala Liman; state APC chairman, Alhaji Lawal Abubakar Makaman Kaura; chairman, state Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad Ahmad, among others.