All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State have been settled, with the
principal actors, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Senator Umaru Dahiru
Tambuwal attending a function together for the first time since 2014.
The former allies went their separate ways in December 2014 after the
former Speaker of the House of Representatives defeated the ex chairman of
Senate Committee on Judiciary to emerge the flag bearer of the APC for the
April 2015 Sokoto governorship election.
Dissatisfied with the outcome, Senator Dahiru challenged the outcome and
twice lost at the trial and appellate courts, before he was prevailed upon
not to take the matter to the Supreme Court.
A source in Sokoto revealed that community elders and religious leaders
intervened to ensure that the former allies are now back on the same page
It is true they have been settled. That was why the former Senator visited
the Governors house in Sokoto on Saturday to attend a wedding ceremony. In
the past, he had avoided such gatherings but this time, to prove that all
past differences have been settled; he came to the venue and went straight
to greet the Governor. He was also offered a seat in the front row and took
part in all the activities as a respected family member, said the source
who declined to be named.
Further details revealed that the Senator has now accepted to join hands
with Tambuwal and other APC stakeholders to move Sokoto forward.
Since the reconciliation, he has privately expressed his joy at how the
APC has been steering the ship of state. He has commended Governor Tambuwal
on his stewardship and has given commitment to give his support to the
success of the administration.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that many of the former Senators allies and
immediate family members have been co-opted into the running of the
government as a sign of goodwill.