Ahead of the National convention of the All Progressive Congress, APC, a national chairmanship aspirant in the ruling party and former Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakari, said as far as he was concerned, the party has only zoned the position to the North and not to any geopolitical zone.
He dismissed claims of a micro-zoning formula in the party for either the office of the president or that of the national chairman of the party.
Senator Tijjani Yahaya Ƙaura who represented Zamfara North Senatorial District in the 8th Assembly disclosed this on behalf of Yari in Abuja at the weekend.
“Let me say again that we are all aware that the party has zoned national Chairmanship to the North and Presidency to the South but we are not aware that there is specific zoning within the geopolitical zones of either the president of the national chairman of the party.
“Nobody indicated whether it is Southwest, South East or South-South. The party acting Chairman has not come out officially to tell us the chairmanship has been zoned to a particular geopolitical zone. So, that is why we are here,” he stated.
On what Yari is bringing to the table to change the narrative of the party come March 26 as the chairman, Kaura said: “Abdulaziz Yari has been a down to earth politician. He was a party secretary in Zamfara state two decades ago, from there he rose to be the party chairman in the state before he became a member of the House of Representatives. Thereafter, he became the executive governor of the state for eight years before becoming the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum. That is enough experience to lead this great party. That has allowed him to contact the 36 state governors of the federation to sell his chairmanship. I can assure you that today, Abdulaziz Yari has sold himself and he has been embraced by all the members of the party across the 36 states of the federation. I can assure you that on the 26th of March when we get to Eagle Square you will see what I mean.”
On whether Yari was working in concert with other stakeholders in the state, particularly Senators Sani and Kabir Marafa, he responded: “Yerima, the former governor of Zamfara state is a senior member of the party, so also Kabir Marafa, Mamood Ali and many others who are all old members of the party just like we are here and we are all working together.”