The Former Zamfara governor, Abdulaziz Yari on Saturday said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will ensure power shift to the South in 2023.
The former chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) also hinted that he might contest for the office of the party’s national chairman should it be zoned to the North.
Yari said 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.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who was speculated to be warming up for the 2023 presidential contest, yesterday denied nursing any such ambition.
Yari, speaking in an interview, said it was expected that power would shift to the South after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
“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,” he said on the phone.
Asked if he was one of the leaders supporting power shift to the South in 2023, Yari said: “Of course, that is how things are supposed to be.”
But he declined to be specific about which of the three geo-political zones in the South should have the ticket.
He stated; “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.”
Yari said the ongoing reforms in APC will end the challenges the party faced before the 2019 election.
“The issues we faced towards 2019, our preparation for the party’s convention and primaries was just seven months, which did not give us enough time for litigations and all other issues that came up to get settled for the primaries.
“If we do it (elect party officers) now, we have like two or two and a half years to prepare for the 2023 general elections.”
He said; “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.”