Yari explains how APC would shift power to the South in 2023

Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, former governor of Zamfara State

FORMER Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari has hinted the plausible way for power to shift to the South in 2023.

Yari, a former governor of Zamfara State said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would let power shift to the South when the National Chairman of the party comes from the North.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday, he said he might vie for the position of APC national chairman, if it is zoned to the North with the expectation that power would shift to the South when the President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office.

According to him, the ongoing reform of the party would enable it to avoid a re-occurrence of the challenges that confronted it in the run-up to the 2019 elections.

He said: “As we have seen the nature of how our presidency will look like, it has to go South. The chairmanship may likely as well come to the North in preparation for that.”

Although Yari, acknowledged that he is a supporter of power shift to the South, in 2023, admitting that, “it is how things are supposed to be,” he is uncertain to which zone in the South it should shift.

“I don’t want to make an offensive statement. APC leaders will decide. As a leader, I do not want to talk and be offending some of our members and leaders,” he said. 

He added that if APC zones its national chairman to the North-West, he might seek to lead APC. 

“Well, the issue of chairmanship, it depends on how the leaders sit down and look at it. It also depends on how the zoning is decided.

“If the zoning is decided in favour of the North-West, I believe I am one of the potentials that can be used. Otherwise, it is not something that we can say is zoned to South-West, South-South, South-East or elsewhere.

“So, if it is zoned to the North, definitely I am one of the potentials. I will run for APC chairmanship. If not, I am still a party man,” he said.


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