Former governor of Zamfara State, Ahmed Sani Yerima has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari does not have the ability to install Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the next president of Nigeria.
The former governor added that irrespective of any form of agreement between the two leaders, Buhari can’t automatically hand over to any candidate when his tenure ends in 2023.
Yerima noted that Nigerians reserve the right to choose who becomes their leader irrespective of any political or party arrangements.
“I don’t think Nigeria belongs to any of them and I don’t think anyone in any position can determine what Nigeria should have,” Yarima said in an interview with DailyTrust.
“Politics is about election – for people to decide what they want. So it is the majority of the people that will determine who they want. If he signed an agreement with Asiwaju, that agreement cannot be implemented even in getting the ticket. It cannot guarantee Asiwaju a ticket.
“For example, the president has announced and the party has decided that our primary is going to be direct – just like we elected Mr. President during the primaries of the last general elections. Will he direct everybody to go and vote for Asiwaju?
The former governor further recalled that President Buhari once mentioned that he doesn’t have any preferred candidate to succeed him in 2023.
“Because, I believe it is going to be a free and fair election, agreement or no agreement is a political statement, but I don’t think that is possible because I don’t think that the Buhari that I know will sign any (such) agreement. He knows that he doesn’t have the powers and the authority to hand over power to whomever he so wishes.
“He said it is going to be free and fair; in fact, he even said it in the open that he doesn’t have any candidate. So, these are just speculations,” Yerima added.