Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, former governor of Zamfara State has said President Buhari will not endorse the APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
Yerima said this during an interview with DailyTrust.
Speaking on the insinuations that President Buhari signed a pact with Tinubu, to hand over to him in 2023, he said, “how do you intend to tackle this? I don’t think Nigeria belongs to any of them and I don’t think anyone in any position can determine what Nigeria should have.
“Politics is about election – for people to decide what they want. So it is the majority of the people that will determine who they want. If he signed an agreement with Asiwaju, that agreement cannot be implemented even in getting the ticket. It cannot guarantee Asiwaju a ticket.
“For example, the president has announced and the party has decided that our primary is going to be direct – just like we elected Mr. President during the primaries of the last general elections. Will he direct everybody to go and vote for Asiwaju? Because, I believe it is going to be a free and fair election, agreement or no agreement is a political statement, but I don’t think that is possible because I don’t think that the Buhari that I know will sign any (such) agreement.
“He knows that he doesn’t have the powers and the authority to hand over power to whomever he so wishes. He said it is going to be free and fair; in fact, he even said it in the open that he doesn’t have any candidate. So, these are just speculations,” he said.
When asked if he has the popularity and resources to defeat Tinubu should he choose to run, he said,
“On capacity, I believe that I have the energy, I have the knowledge and I have the experience. And as for resources, you don’t look at the resources for going for a position. Once I have something to move around for the campaigns, I think I can do it.
“The resources that are required are contributions from every citizen of Nigeria (who are in the party) because it is the party that will sponsor a candidate. It is not the candidate that will sponsor a party. So you don’t need so much resource to contest.
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“I was governor, I had no N20million when I started campaigning for governor. And I became governor by the grace of God. It is God himself that will decide.
“What you need is to have good intentions. I am not going for president to be rich. I am not going for the presidency to be in a position of superiority. It is a matter of service.