Makarfi welcomes returnees to PDP
A former caretaker committee chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has expressed optimism that the recent gale of defections that hit the camp of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would create an enabling environment for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to regain political power at the federal level.
Makarfi, who is also a former governor of Kaduna State, made this known in a statement by his media assistant, Mukhtar Sirajo, in the wake of the return of several members of the APC to their former political platform.
According to Sirajo: “Makarfi has extended a warm welcome to Senator Bukola Saraki, Governors Samuel Ortom, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Aminu Tambuwal, the senators, members of the House of Representatives and state Houses of Assembly and all others who have returned home to the PDP.
“Makarfi has always believed that the PDP, as a family and the largest organic party in Africa, is an umbrella wide enough to accommodate and provide security to all Nigerians, more so, at this most difficult time in the our history.
“As the former caretaker committee chairman of the PDP, Makarfi fought long and hard to ensure that democracy did not perish in Nigeria, even at risk to his life, because he believes that the PDP is the only party founded on the very basic principles of democracy, justice, equity, fairness and the rule of law.
“The senator has always believed that the rebranded and repositioned PDP offers opportunity for all who have the will to take it.”
The former Kaduna state governor, who is believed to be nursing presidential ambition in next year’s election, was quoted to have expressed belief “that the 2019 election is the most consequential election of our generation, as recent events in our country have indicated; a democracy in peril due to intimidation and harassment of political opponents, impunity in government, insecurity in the land, poverty at a level never witnessed in the country, homelessness and hopelessness, as the ruling party shows little or no capacity, nor interest to halt the trend.”
He also said the return of the politicians was the right step in the right direction and congratulated them, while also offering “a hand of fellowship and cooperation to all of them to work together to rescue our country, save our democracy, preserve the legacy of our heroes past, restore our prosperity and secure our security at this crucial period.”
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