Thursday, 24 April 2014
Despite ‘Reconciliation,’ Squabble Between VP Namadi Sambo And Senator Makarfi Rages On
Despite a recent reconciliation show between Vice President Namadi Sambo and his former political god-father, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, both men are still in a power feud, a top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member from the North-West Zone has told SaharaReporters.
He said that the feud is evident in Kaduna politics and in Abuja, and that both camps are holding a variety of meetings in Kaduna, Abuja, Kafanchan and Zaria in an attempt to gain advantage.
The source drew attention to the maiden convocation of Kaduna State University, where Sambo was alleged to have influenced the program, which saw himself and Makarfi not speaking during the ceremony. Of the three influential guests that were present, only Sambo’s god-son and Kaduna State governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, spoke.
The source added that the feud is also related to Sambo’s forceful control of all PDP apparatus in Kaduna state, with the Makarfi camp alleging Sambo’s emasculation of other contending interests in the party.
“Apart from hijacking all PDP machineries, the Makarfi side is accusing the VP of cornering all appointments due to Kaduna State to his only cronies. They are also of the view that Sambo only stumbling block as arrow head of Kaduna politics is Makarfi, and the best [thing] to do is to reduce him to size. And Makarfi being a powerful politician too is fighting back in all ramifications. And he has sympathy across the state.”
The source said that both camps are fighting the battle of their lives in who controls Kaduna politics, adding that Sambo’s other hot rivals in the North-West Zone include Governors Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Ibrahim Shema.