Makarfi declares presidential bid, battles Atiku for PDP ticket

By Editor on 18/06/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,000

Makarfi
Makarfi

A former Governor of Kaduna State and immediate past Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator  Ahmed Makarfi,  has joined the race to contest the nation’s presidency in 2019.

The two-term-senator said at a press briefing in Kaduna on Sunday that after wide consultations with party men and women as well as other major stakeholders, he had decided to seek the party’s nomination to contest the poll.

According to Makarfi, he is now ready to pick the PDP nomination form ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

He explained that after the consultations, the result was quite positive and encouraging and that it was fair enough for him to come out and join other “capable party men and women” to seek the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election.

Makarfi will battle a former Vice President and presidential hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, who had recently appointed a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the Director-General of his 2019 presidential campaign.

Though he had yet to intimate his party through writing, he added that “one has to come to the decision to seek the nomination before you even seek formally.”

He said, “I have not written to the party but who do you consult with? It is the same party men and women that you consult informally.

“At this stage, it is to seek the party’s nomination. The successful nominee will become the candidate that will stand for the election.

“But first thing first. If one’s party does not put one forward, one can’t say he is contesting the presidency yet. At this stage, I have come to the conclusion that it is okay, based on the consultations that I have had.”

“I have been consulting across the country since I left as the chairman of the party. It’s just consultations and not an endorsement. But it gives you an opportunity to feel the pulse and it will tell whether to go forward or not to go forward.

“The consultations have been quite positive and I believe it is fair enough to come to the conclusion that one should join other equally capable party men and women who have shown interest in seeking the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election.”

 

Makarfi also noted that he had all it took to lead Nigerians to the promise land and thanked the All Progressives Congress for campaigning for the PDP through “bad governance.”

“We must also thank the APC for working for us because they have been working for us. They have refused to govern well, they have been fighting each other,” he said.

He added that anybody that could manage Kaduna State, which he described as ‘mini Nigeria’, could as well govern the country.

He said, “For me, I have known governance for some time at the state level. I served Kaduna for three years as commissioner for finance and economic planning. I came in from the private sector.

“I have private sector experience, especially banking. I governed this complex state for eight years. I have legislative experience, having been in the Senate for a two-term of eight years.

“I got a bonanza, when the party leadership fell on my laps, to know about managing a political party. If you cannot manage your party, even if you are elected, you will have problems governing.”

“If you cannot manage a complex society such as Kaduna State, which is a mini Nigeria, you cannot manage Nigeria,” the former governor added.

When asked if he would quit the party should he fail to realise  his ambition on the platform of the PDP,  the former governor said he would support whoever emerged as the candidate of the party among Atiku, a former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke;  a former Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido; and a host of others.

In an apparent reference to the nPDP members in APC, the former governor called on them to come back home, noting that it was obvious that most of them were no longer needed in the ruling party.

“The question before them is where will they go to? The overwhelming majority of them no longer have room in that party. If you stay, what are they staying for?,” Makarfi queried.

 

Posted 18/06/2018 08:30:21 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Ekweremadu Attacked by IPOB in Germany

Boko Haram will soon become history – Buhari...

EFCC invites Ekweremadu over alleged Money Laundering

Kidnapped DPO regains freedom after paying N3m ransom...

Mbaka escapes assassination attempt in Enugu

Okorocha sacks aides contesting election

Tagbo;s Death: Davido's men confess

Fayose backs Soyinka, Afenifere urges South West govs...

Sack TCN boss, Mohammed now, Labour tells Buhari...

2019: Ekweremadu urges Nigerians to embrace Christlike virtues...

Stolen N400m: Army detains fleeing soldier’s wife, children...

PDP convention: Atiku speaks on Buhari’s anti-corruption war,...

 

Latest News Trump to detain migrants for long, mulls ending birthright citizenship New portfolio: I don’t know how Interior Ministry operates – Aregbesola Buhari re-appoints Adesina, Shehu, Akande as spokespersons Atiku vs Buhari: Tribunal reserves judgment in presidential poll petition Buhari knocked for ordering ministers to report to Kyari Senator Utazi distributes over 600 empowerment items to constituents Woman raped, butchered to death by bandits in Enugu BREAKING: Ex-Super Falcon, Chiejine is dead HORROR! Gunmen kill ex-police officer, community leader, three others in Imo Enugu govt tasks security agents to fish out killers of Nchatancha woman Suspended Presidential Aide, Obono-Obla, moves to stop ICPC investigation Gunmen attack Nasarawa deputy governor’s convoy, kill three policemen, civilian

 

Most Read Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (13,544 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (13,291 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (12,530 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (11,523 views) Sickle cell support group seeks lgovernment intervention (10,594 views) Israel serves quit notice to African illegal migrants (10,381 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (10,321 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (9,971 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (9,312 views) NAFDAC eases processes, cost of registering products for MSMEs (9,272 views) The Big Kick-off: World greatest sports fiesta begins in Russia (9,061 views) England beat Spain to win U17 World Cup final (8,913 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (1,526) EDITORIAL (8) POLITICS (431) SOCIETY (111) SPORTS (22) BUSINESS (274) HEALTH (17) EDUCATION (24) INTERNATIONAL (34) ENTERTAINMENT (12) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (0) OPINION (11)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands