2023 Elections: I’ll contest for president -Yeriman Bakura
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Former Zamfara State Governor, Sen. Ahmad Sani Yeriman Bakura has expressed his interest to contest for the seat of president in 2023 election.
Bakura stated this in Bauchi while fielding questions from reporters shortly after he paid a condolence visit to the families of a renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi over the death of his wife and the families of late Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa over the death of his last surviving wife.
He said there are various political groups from different parts of the country that approached him to contest for the number one seat, adding that after wide consultations, he made up his mind to contest for the position of the Presidency come 2023.
He said that after serving as a governor for eight years, Senator for
12 years, there is no higher position to contest for than to either contest for the position of President or Vice President.
The former governor said APC has set a standard of producing a presidential candidate through direct primaries, saying that he would employ grassroots campaigns to succeed as the people are now looking for a candidate that has something to offer the country than money.
“If elected as president, I will fight poverty and create employment opportunities as well as provide infrastructures in order to address the basic problems affecting the socio-economic development of the country.
“I will also support the idea of privatising government properties for infrastructural developments like roads, electricity and so on.
“I assure you, once there is circulation of cash flow in the country, people will not struggle to pay their electricity and toll gates bills because strategies have been set in place by the government to fight poverty in all its ramifications.
“Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has done his best for the country, every government comes with its challenges, but I will advise the government to do more in fighting poverty and unemployment.
“By doing this, it will reduce to the barest minimum, problems such as insecurity and other threats affecting the development of the country,” he said.
On the political tussle in Zamfara State, the former governor said that it is very clear that God is the one who gives power to whom He so Wills, pointing out that the present governor of the state, Matawalle under the PDP is the will of God.
“We are one family, the present governor is my former commissioner and because of one reason or the other, he defected to PDP,” he said.
On the Sharia legal system, he said: “I am happy the Islamic legal system, I first started, is still addressing social vices like gambling, rampant beer parlors, harlots houses and many others in the state,” he said.