Former Governor of Zamfara State and a presidential aspirant, Senator Sani Yerima said he will take a shot at the forthcoming presidential election that take place in 2023.
Ex-Governor Yerima made this assertion while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on July 11, 2021.
The former governor argued that even his All Progressives Congress (APC) party and the 1999 constitution cannot stop him from contesting for the 2023 presidency.
“What will hold my ambition in 2023 presidency is only if the party zones the presidency ticket to other regional parts of the country”.
According to him, “any Nigerian who meets the qualifications that are enshrined in the constitution should contest for any political office such as Governor, State Assembly and National Assembly”.
He said besides meeting the constitutional requirements, the other thing that can stop him is if his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) zones the Presidency to the Southern region of the country, then “I, Yerima, will step down and I will then know that it is a decision lawful and legally that is binding on all members of the party.”
Also, Yerima made it clear to the reporters that he will not opt out of APC even if the party zones the presidential ticket to the south to produce a presidential candidate, which will demolish his own ambition.
The former Governor made a clear statement that “I am a religious person, Islam is my religion and I know that it is only God that gives power. So, if God has destined it that I’m not going to be the President of Nigeria, it will never trigger me to leave my party that I have been into for so many years. I started with the All Peoples Party (APP), we merged and formed All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP). Along the line , my party merged again and formed All Progressives Congress (APC). Therefore, I am a member of APC and I am not ready to switch to another party because of my ambition.
He equally stated that the agitations by Southern governors, clamouring for power shift are unconstitutional and are not in line in democratic norms”.
“A s long as my party constitution and the Nigeria Constitution says citizens of Nigeria are eligible, and am a Nigeria citizen. I must contest.”