Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna governor, and Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central, who have been at loggerheads since the All Progressives Congress (APC) won elections last year in Kaduna set aside their differences on Tuesday when the governor visited the senator to condole him over the death of his mother.
It was the first meeting between the two men who have waged direct and proxy wars since last year despite both being members of the ruling party. Their most recent point of divergence was Sani’s opposition to the increase in pump price of fuel which El-Rufai supports.
El-Rufai arrived Sani’s family house in Tudun Wada, Kaduna, at 8am. He attended the three-day Fidau prayer for the late matriarch, Fatima Sani.
As the governor arrived, a large crowd cheered him for identifying with the bereaved despite their political differences.
The governor was accompanied by some of his aides: Bala Yunusa (Deputy Chief of Staff), Samuel Aruwan (Special Assistant on Media), Awwal Yahaya (Special Assistant on Youth Matters) and Abdullahi Bayero (Special Assistant to the governor).
The governor was received by Senator Sani. He held Mr. El-Rufai’s hand and ushered him into the residence.
After a session of prayers, the senator escorted the governor back to his car.
Supporters of both politicians and mourners at the scene chanted slogans saying the men should set aside their political differences and stop bickering.
“No more fight, no more fight,” they chanted in the local Hausa language.