The immediate past National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has said that he refused to leave the party in 2015 to secure his senatorial seat at the National Assembly under the All Progressive Congress because of the party men and women who looked-up to him as their leader.
Sen. Makarfi who stated this, Monday, in Benin while addressing delegates and members of the party, said he did that based on his loyalty and interest in the party
‘I know I was going to lose election in 2015, my state chairman then came to me and said what are you still doing in PDP that I am going to lose election, I said, let me lose. I could have become a Senator under APC but I said no just because of party members.
‘I refused to leave the party, If I had move alone to secure myself what about our supporters. So, I said let me run and lose so that they will have someone to run to, and that was what I did. I didn’t think about myself but the party men and women who look up to us as their leaders. Now they are coming back to meet me in PDP,’ he said.
Sen. Markafi said he is not seeking the party’s presidential candidate for the 2019 election based on his position as past National Chairman but because he believe he is qualified and has what it takes to rule the nation.
‘I am not seeking presidential nomination because I was the National chairman. I was a leading aspirant in 2007, but I step down to work for the party. So I am in the race because I believe I am qualified as other aspirants,’ he said
He said ‘I was a governor for eight years and a Senator. I was also a national chairman. Among the aspirants, I am the only person that has the experience of managing the party at the national level,’
Responding, the party’s chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, assured that they will do the needful after listening to all the aspirants.
He appealed to aspirants coming to address them to focus on issues and move away from running others down.