Senate presidency: Nigeria’s constitution must be respected, says Yari
A former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has said that Nigeria’s constitution remained supreme in his quest to contest the Senate Presidency.
Turo247news reports that the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress had adopted Senator Godswill Akpabio and Jubrin Barau as the preferred candidates for the position of Senate President and Deputy, respectively.
Yari, during a courtesy call on the leadership of the New Nigeria People’s Party in Abuja on Thursday night, said he would continue to speak with relevant stakeholders.
Accompanied by a former chairman of the Senate Committees on Gas and Housing, Senator Osita Izunaso, Yari said some people were using religion to disenfranchise credible candidates.
The former governor said he would visit the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, Labour Party, Young People’s Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance and the Social Democratic Party, to solicit their support.
He said, “The constitution is supreme to any other law. Any law that is not in tandem with the Constitution is null and void. We are very committed to the Nigerian project. We strongly believe that the Constitution is going to prevail.
“We are going to get to the floor of the House and the election will take place. And knowing that it is a democratic setting, we need to be having this kind of engagement.
“This is my first place of call. But I will also visit other parties; Labour Party, SDP, PDP, APGA and YPP and seek the support of their members on this project.
“That is to show to you that the 10th Assembly is completely different in that we knew that we have 7 parties. The vote of every party counts and it is critical to us.
“We are going to continue with this struggle until we get there. It is not over until it is over.
“The most important and encouraging is the president’s speech that he is going to rule Nigeria according to the constitution of Nigeria.”
The acting national chairman of the NNPP, Abba Kawu-Ali, described Yari as a competent leader “capable to occupy the sit of the senate Presidency.”
He said, “Yari has shown his capacity as a two-term governor of Zamfara State, we are confident that when you get there you won’t fail.”