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Senator Abdulaziz Yari: A Rising Force in Nigerian Politics



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By Ahmad Jega


Senator Abdulaziz Yari, a prominent figure from Zamfara state, recently made headlines as he contested for the prestigious position of Senate Presidency against Senator Godswill Akpabio. While Senator Yari is relatively new to the Senate, his political journey and achievements thus far have not gone unnoticed.

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Prior to his senatorial career, Yari served as the Governor of Zamfara state for two terms, from 2011 to 2019. His experience in governance and leadership has provided him with a solid foundation to navigate the intricacies of national politics. His tenure as governor was marked by notable accomplishments, and he gained recognition for his efforts in developing Zamfara state.

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During the Senate Presidency contest, Senator Yari’s performance was commendable, securing an impressive 46 votes. This achievement is particularly significant considering it was his first time contesting for the position. It demonstrates his ability to garner support and make an impact even as a newcomer to the Senate.

Beyond his political career, Yari is known for his philanthropic endeavors and his commitment to grassroots politics. He has established himself as a grassroots mobilizer in Zamfara state, connecting with the people and understanding their needs. This has not only earned him popularity among the local population but also highlighted his national acceptance throughout Nigeria.

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Senator Abdulaziz Yari’s participation in the Senate Presidency race signifies his ascension on the national political stage. As he rides the national ladder of Nigerian politics, he brings with him a wealth of experience, a strong grassroots base, and a reputation for effective governance. His presence in the Senate promises to be an influential and dynamic force, contributing to the progress and development of Nigeria as a whole.
Senator Abdulaziz Yari, in addition to his Senate Presidency bid, has been a staunch advocate for the independence of the legislature, aiming to avoid any perception of being a puppeteer. His decision to contest against the Southern Senate and certain politicians from his own Northwest geopolitical zone highlights his commitment to fair and competitive politics.

However, the aftermath of his unsuccessful bid for the Senate Presidency has brought some challenges to the Northwest region. The anticipated appointment of principal officers from the Northwest did not materialize, and this has raised concerns among Yari’s supporters. Nevertheless, they remain hopeful and steadfast in their belief that Senator Yari will continue to prosper and play a significant role in the Nigerian political landscape.

Senator Abdulaziz Yari also contested against the Presidency’s wish which as he wants to affirm the independence of the legislature

As Senator Yari moves forward in his political journey, his determination to uphold the principles of democracy and foster an independent legislature remains unwavering. With the blessings of Almighty Allah, his contributions to the Nigerian political process are expected to endure and flourish.

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In conclusion, Senator Abdulaziz Yari’s bid for the Senate Presidency against Senator Godswill Akpabio has thrust him into the spotlight. As a former two-term Governor of Zamfara state, his achievements and track record speak for themselves. His impressive vote count and grassroots mobilization demonstrate his growing national acceptance. Senator Yari’s emergence on the national political scene is an exciting development that holds promise for his future endeavors and contributions to Nigeria’s political landscape

Ahmad Musa Jega is the Head of Kebbi State Community in Kano

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