2019: Despite Atiku, I can still seek PDP presidential ticket – Makarfi

National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.
National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, has said he could still contest the party’s presidential ticket in spite of the defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the party.

In an interview in the current edition of The Interview magazine, Mr. Makarfi said, “Atiku left before, he’s on his way back before the (party’s) Convention.”

It is widely believed that Mr. Abubakar’s may be gunning for the PDP’s presidential ticket.

In response to a question about his own interest, Mr. Makarfi said, “I have heard the rumour, it has been there since 2007…I have thought of it. By the time I leave as caretaker committee chairman on 9th or 10th, there’ll still be ten months to the party primaries. By any law or the party’s guidelines, I’m not excluded.”

In a statement, the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, described the edition as “the most revealing disclosure yet of the inner workings of the opposition trying to come to terms with its uncertain future.”

Even though the PDP has zoned its presidential ticket for 2019 to the North, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti is playing the wild card.

Mr. Makarfi told The Interview that Mr. Fayose’s declaration of interest in the party’s presidential ticket, “is uncalled for and unhealthy.”

Apart from his comment on the build up of interest in the party’s presidential ticket, Mr. Makarfi also said the PDP was expecting a harvest of defections, after Mr. Abubakar’s move from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC

“For some strategic reasons,” he said, “don’t expect a lot of people to move to the PDP now. People are in APC for different reasons. Wait for the time when everybody will be on his own, you will see the influx of people into the PDP.”

He spoke on the bitter contest for the party’s chairmanship, probably the most dangerous threat since the Supreme Court ruling saved the party from extinction; and on his rival former Governor Ali Modu-Sheriff, whom he said had sponsors in the APC.

Mr. Makarfi, who came close to being the PDP’s presidential nominee in 2006, revealed, for the first time, how former President Olusegun Obasanjo schemed him out, even though an internal party assessment had returned him as the most favourable candidate.

Also in this edition, former resident electoral commissioner for Ondo and Lagos states, Akin Orebiyi, shared insights on his experience, while ex-Nigerian national team captain, Segun Odegbami, revisited the COJA scandal, describing it as “the looting of our commonwealth.”

Ikeogu Oke, the NLNG Literature Prize winner explains, in great detail, why it took him 27 years to write his winning entry.


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  • Arabakpura

    Politicians and polytricks!

    • Damilare Ajani

      They’re liars and will sYnthpop anything to get elected

      • Kassim

        For me come rain or sun. Buhari all the way.

  • thusspokez

    If Ahmed Makarfi as the Chairman of the PDP Party Caretaker Committee does not know about Atiku’s approach to rejoin the PDP, does it mean that the PDP has no formal way (e.g., guideline, criteria, and application) for admitting new applicants?

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Lie telling Lie to Lie.

  • Eluba Inas

    This is the person Atiku needs to worry about first before going after Buhari. He is the caretaker Chairman of PDP and has the ambition to contest for president. He is going to muscle his way at the convention to make sure the main holders of the party are his loyalist. Those are going to pull the strings when the time comes.

  • Kareem Raji

    Makarfi is buhari’s mole in pdp. If the pdp top guns do not know this then the so called rebirth of pdp is still a mirage

    • Yusuf

      You may have to brush up your history books, Makarfi is the real threat to Buhari. Atiku is not a mole but he can not go close to defeating Buhari

  • Yusuf

    Makarfi is the best man for the job