I’ll Run For Presidency In 2019, Makarfi Declares

Makarfi

Makarfi

The number of those who want to sack president Muhammadu Buhari from Aso Rock Villa enlarged on Sunday when a former Governor of Kaduna State and immediate past Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, declared to contest the nation’s presidency in 2019.

Senator Makarfi 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 presidential election next year.

I’m now ready to pick the PDP nomination form ahead of the 2019 presidential election, he added.

According to him, after 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 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.”

He added that he had what it takes to lead the country, saying that anybody that could manage Kaduna State, which he described as ‘mini Nigeria’, could as well govern the country.

“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,” he said.

He added, “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.”

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