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Bury the hatchet, support Atiku, Makarfi urges PDP stakeholders

By Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
13 July 2022   |   4:03 am
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former Governor of Kaduna State, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has called on leaders and other PDP stakeholders to bury their differences and support the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.

Ahmed Mohammad Makarfi. Photo/Twitter/Ahmed_M_Makarfi

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former Governor of Kaduna State, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has called on leaders and other PDP stakeholders to bury their differences and support the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.

Makarfi told The Guardian, in an interview, yesterday, that all the bickering in the party following the endorsement of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as Atiku’s running mate must be resolved, while effort should be made to appease Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

He said: “No doubt, the selection of a running mate to Atiku is now so controversial, as some people rooted for Wike.

“Since I was not part of the selection process, I don’t know much about deliberations. But whatever it is, many of us know that Wike is a very strong pillar of the party and I know that he can contribute immensely to the party in the 2023 elections, as he has been contributing for the success of the party.”

Noting that only Atiku could explain the choice of Okowa over Wike, he added: “I don’t blame him (Wike) for feeling pained. My own take here is, let us meet him one-on-one and resolve the matter in a manner that Wike will be comfortable. This will make electoral victory a much easier thing.

“On the day of election, everybody will go back to his own state. Rivers is a big state and they can vote massively for PDP. Such applies to many other states. My own is a call to him, no matter what might have happened, to sit down with the presidential candidate personally and resolve this problem. The two of them should sit down and talk to each other.”

On the outcome the PDP presidential primary, the former PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman said: “Anytime there is an election, somebody will win and others will lose.”