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Atiku, Makarfi say leadership must change to save nation


Ahmed Makarfi

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and ex-Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi have said Nigeria’s leadership must be changed in 2019 for the nation to move forward.

Atiku, a presidential aspirant on the platform of PDP lamented the socio-economic woes facing Nigeria, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Kaduna residence of the former governor and his counterpart in the Presidential race, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, as part of consultation on his presidential ambition.

Atiku commended Makarfi for steering the party through a turbulent period, when he held sway as the party national caretaker committee chairman.


He said Makarfi’s prowess in leading the party out of the woods showed he has great potentials as a leader, which is why it is necessary for PDP stakeholders to come together to sustain the nation’s democracy.

He noted that Nigeria is currently at crossroads, and there was need for Presidential aspirants and well-meaning Nigerians to rescue the country from insecurity and poverty ravaging the land.

He said: “The misadministration of APC government is very evident. We have the highest record of unemployment since 1999.

We have the highest inflation and multiple exchange rates that discourage foreign investment. We have the highest level of insecurity since 1999. 

“This is unthinkable in a country that is endowed with human and natural resources like ours. And all because of lack of clear headed leadership and direction.

So, it is obvious that we just have to change the leadership of this country.” 

Responding, Makarfi reminded Atiku of their various struggles working for PDP in the past, noting that Atiku “is capable and qualified to lead the party.”

Senator Makarfi said he has nothing to lose, if Atiku picks PDP’s presidential ticket.

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