Zamfara state Governor Abdul’aziz Yari on Monday declared his intention to contest for the state West senatorial seat ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor will seek to upstage Senator Ahmad Sani-Yarima who is serving his third term as a Senator representing Zamfara West.
Yari, who announced this when he spoke to newsmen in Gusau on Monday, said he was contesting for the seat because of the interest he has in the legislative process, and to serve his people.
“You know, I was from the National Assembly before I become a governor, in fact, my colleagues from the National Assembly used to say I am here on sabbatical.
“So, my going to the Senate is like I am going home.
“In fact even some people in the Presidency are asking me why I want to go to senate, I told them is just an interest.
“You know National Assembly politics is different.
“I learned a lot from the National Assembly and what I learned there has really assisted me in my administration as governor in the last eight years, especially in the areas of budget process and resources management,” Yari said.
NAN reports that the leadership of the state All Progressives Congress had since purchased nomination forms for Yari and other preferred aspirants.
Yari was a member of the House of Representatives for Anka/Talata-Mafara Federal Constituency from 2007 to 2011.