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I’ll retire from politics in PDP, Makarfi pledges

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Former governor of Kaduna State and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has pledged to remain with the political group irrespective of the outcome of the contest and retire from there in future.

According to him, he would quit the PDP only when he is done with politics.

In a statement by his spokesman, Mallam Mukthar Sirajo, after a courtesy call on former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) where he fielded questions from newsmen in Minna, Markafi promised not to dump the party even if he loses the presidential nomination.

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He said: “If I leave the PDP, I will leave politics. If I wanted to defect, it would have been long before now. Management of people is management of interests.”

The senator remarked that being a former national caretaker chairman of the party does not in any away confer on him some privileges over others, noting: “All I want is for us to come together to avoid a rancorous outcome after the primary. “

Asked if Bukola Saraki should resign his position as senate president following his defection to the PDP, Makarfi stated: “ The law of the senate did not say the president must come from the majority party.

It says elect from among you. Therefore, Saraki and Ekwerenmadu should be left alone.”

The erstwhile governor said the areas he would focus on if he becomes president next year were security, national cohesiveness, power and infrastructure.

Babangida, however, backed Makarfi’s ambition, saying the nation needed a credible leadership to put the economy and polity on the path of growth and development.


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