- Governor Yari of Zamfara state has expressed his interest in the Senate come 2019
- He said he is going to Senate to bring democratic representation to his people
- He further added that going back to Senate is an homecoming for him, having been a member of the legislature before
Governor Abdul’aziz Yari has declared his intention to contest for Zamfara west senatorial seat ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor will seek to upstage Senator Ahmad Sani-Yarima who is serving his third term as senator representing Zamfara west.
Yari, who announced this when he spoke to newsmen in Gusau on Monday, September 10, said he was contesting for the seat because of the interest he has in legislative process, and to serve his people.
He said: “You know, I was from the National Assembly before I become a governor, in fact my colleagues from the National Assembly use to say I am here on sabbatical. So, my going to senate is like I am going back home, some people are asking me why I want to go to senate?"
“In fact even some people in the Presidency are asking me why I want to go to senate, I told them is just an interest."
“You know National Assembly politics is different from that of executive."
“I learned a lot from the National Assembly and what I learned there has really assisted me in my administration as governor in the last eight years, especially in the areas of budget process and resources management.".
NAN reports that the leadership of the state All Progressives Congress (APC) had since purchased nomination forms for Yari and other preferred aspirants.
Yari was a member of the House of Representatives for Anka/Talata-Mafara federal constituency from 2007 to 2011.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that with eight months to the end of his tenure as governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday, September 5, announced that he was eyeing a seat in the Nigerian Senate during the 2019 general elections.
The governor disclosed this at the state executive council meeting of the All Progressives Congress held at MITROS suites, Ibara, Abeokuta, the capital of the state.
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