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Am not eyeing Oshiomhole’s seat, Yari declares

Former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has described as laughable, allegations that he was planning to unseat Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, insisting that he was not interested in Oshiomhole’s seat.

Yari, a former chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, in a statement issued by his media aide, Mayowa Oluwabiyi, in Abuja, dismissed claims that some APC governors were planning to present him as their candidate for the APC top job.

A former senator from Zanfara state, Kabir Marafa had earlier raised the alarm over reported plots by some APC governors to introduce Yari to President Muhammadu Buahri as their choice to replace the embattled Oshiomhole as APC National Chairman

The former Zanfara State governor in the statement, cautioned Marafa and others not to set him against the President.

“These spurious narratives, aimed at pitching the former governor against the President at all costs, will not work.

“The insinuation that Abdulaziz Yari is bent on becoming the APC national chairman as part of a grand design to undermine the President is very laughable.

“There is no basis for anyone to contemplate such towards a very popular President that has just been rewarded with a second term.

The statement recalled that Yari as sitting governor championed an initiative tagged, “Forward with Buhari,” that worked across the country to ensure that Buhari was re-elected, adding, “It is instructive to note, too, that as Chairman of the NGF, he ensured the President had a productive synergy with the governors across party lines.

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