YERIMA DECLARES 2023 PRESIDENTIAL BID

Written by on December 17, 2020

A FORMER GOVERNOR OF ZAMFARA STATE, AHMED SANI YERIMA, ON WEDNESDAY DECLARED HIS 2023 PRESIDENTIAL BID.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI WILL END HIS EIGHT-RULE IN 2023 AND RECENT DISCUSSIONS HAD CENTRED ON WHICH REGION AMONG NIGERIA’S SIX GEOPOLITICAL ZONES WOULD PRODUCE THE COUNTRY’S NEXT PRESIDENT IN THREE YEARS’ TIME.

YERIMA, WHO ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO VIE FOR THE PRESIDENCY AT A MEDIA BRIEFING IN ABUJA, SAID HE HAD STEPPED DOWN ON THREE OCCASIONS TO ENABLE BUHARI TO CLINCH THE PRESIDENTIAL TICKET ON THE PLATFORM OF THE DEFUNCT ALL NIGERIA PEOPLES PARTY (ANPP) AND ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC).

THE EX-GOVERNOR ALSO DENIED CLAIMS THAT THE PARTY LEADERSHIP HAD AGREED TO ZONE THE PRESIDENCY TO THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY IN 2023.

HE WENT FURTHER TO USE THE UNITED STATES EXAMPLE TO DRIVE HOME HIS ARGUMENT ON THE PURPORTED ZONING AGREEMENT.

YERIMA, WHO RULED ZAMFARA FROM 1999 TO 2007, WILL BE REMEMBERED BY NIGERIANS FOR THE CONTROVERSIAL INTRODUCTION OF SHARIAH LAW IN THE NORTH-WEST STATE IN 2000.

HE WAS ELECTED A SENATOR IN 2007 AND REMAINED IN THE UPPER LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER TILL 2019.


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