I’ll gun for APC national chairmanship if my zone is favoured, Yari declares

Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara, says he understands the process of how the All Progressives Congress (APC) produces its national chairman, but it is up to the party to determine the geopolitical zone for the position.

He stated this when he fielded questions from journalists on Wednesday after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja.

He said he was ready to join the race for the chairmanship of the party if it was handed to his zone.

APC is currently under the leadership of a national caretaker committee chaired by Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe.

“I have said it several times that I know from the grassroots how the chairman is picked. Either in the PDP, ANPP, CPC, I know how the chairman is picked.

“It is not picked by ‘okay, here I am; Yari, pick me.’ The party will sit down and critically look at which zone will produce the chairman, which zone will produce the secretary, which zone will produce the deputy.

“If they say the zone where I come from is favoured to pick it, of course, wholeheartedly, I will go for it.

“So, I know how the game is being played and I am ready to do it if I am trusted. So, there is no issue there.”

On the ongoing reconciliation efforts in Zamfara, he said there were many areas where reconciliation was needed, adding that the committee was doing a fantastic job.

“I think effort is being made by the party to see that reconciliation is made and also that the party can come back to its track.

“You know the accident that happened in the state, which we are managing, and then to ensure that we avoid it in the future.

“So, I welcome any reconciliation that will be of benefit to my party in the state and at the national level.”

Yari urged politicians to be ready to grant concessions and maintain party loyalty.


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