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BY IFEANYICHUKWU NWANNAH
Senator Ahmad Sani, popularly known as Yarima, was born in Anka town but hails from Bakura town in Zamfara State. He worked briefly with the Central Bank of Nigeria as a Director of economic planning before he left the job and returned to old Sokoto State before Zamfara State was curved out by Late General Abacha in 1996. Ahmad Sani Yarima then returned to Zamfara State and became the Director-General, State ministry of lands and survey when Col. Jubril Bala Yakubu was the military administrator of the state. Yarima was not known then but it was alleged that his relationship with Col. Jubril Bala Yakubu made him the flag bear of All Peoples Party (APP) which was brought to
Zamfara by elder state man Umaru Shinkafi who nurtured the party.
Though it was said that Ahmad Sani Yarima was one of those crusaders who fought for the creation of Zamfara State from where he said he met Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar who was an errand boy during the sharing of properties between Sokoto and Zamfara State, Senator Yarima himself said he picked Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar up and they have been
together up till now. When he was elected the first executive Governor of the state he made Abdulaziz Yari the state secretary of APP and later the state chairman of the party and then the State Governor in 2011.
When Ahmad Sani Yarima went away with victory in the 1999 governorship election on the platform of APP, it was said that political analysts saw the hands of Col. Jubril Bala Yakubu in Yarima’s victory because APP captured Seven Local Government Areas and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also won Seven Local Governments out of the fourteen Local Governments of the state. It was surprising to political analysts because Zamfara State was a PDP state until after the election when Umaru Shinkafi saw the danger that PDP may capture the state. He sold the idea to Governor Yarima to implement shariah in the state so as to protect APP and make the people fear so that PDP may not snatch the state from All Peoples Party. Governor Ahmad Sani Yarima bought the idea and the whole shariah arrangement was made in Kaura Namoda from where Yarima rushed to Gusau to broadcast that he had implemented sharia in the state.