NATIONAL Chairman of
the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, Senator Ahmed
Makarfi yesterday denied
report that he is interested
in contesting for the
presidential ticket of the
party in 2019.
In a press statement issued
by his Spokesman, Mukhtar
Zubairu Sirajo, said he was
quoted out of contest by a
section of the media where
he fielded questions on
the return of former Vice
President, Atiku Abubakar.
The statement read: “The
attention of Senator Ahmed
Mohammed Makarfi has
been drawn to reports in
some sections of the media,
which seem to suggest that
he has confirmed an interest
in seeking to fly the flag of
PDP in 2019. This is not a
very true reflection of what
the Distinguished Senator
gave out in a chat with some
newsmen couple of days
ago.
“The fact is the Senator
was asked what threat the
return of Atiku Abubakar to
the party portended to the
aspirations of others who had
either made their intentions
known or those, who, like
him were rumoured to be
nursing such ambition. His
answer was that Atiku’s
return would not, in any way
adversely affect the rights
of any member of the party
to aspire to any position,
adding that there was no
preconditions to the return
as Atiku Abubakar did not
ask for, neither did the party
offer any concessions to him
beforehand.
“Senator Ahmed Makarfi
wishes to assure the teeming
Members and supporters
of the PDP and indeed the
entire country that his own
major preoccupation at the
moment is to discharge
the responsibility given
to him to lead the process
of repositioning the party,
which he hopes will
culminate in the conduct of a
very credible and transparent
convention this Saturday.
This is what matters the most
to him at this moment.”

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