The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has denied saying that he plans to run for Presidency in 2019.
Makarfi denied reports that he would seek the PDP’s presidential ticket for the 2019 elections in a statement by his spokesperson, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, on Wednesday.
“The attention of Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media, which seem to suggest that he has confirmed an interest in seeking to fly the flag of PDP in 2019.
“This is not a very true reflection of what the Distinguished Senator gave out in a chat with some newsmen couple of days ago,” the statement read in part.
Contrary to the reports, Makarfi insisted that he was not asked whether he was planning to seek the party’s ticket. Rather, he was asked what threat the return of Atiku Abubakar to the party portended to the aspirations of others who had either made their intentions known or those, who, like him were rumoured to be nursing such ambition.
“His answer was that Atiku’s return would not, in any way adversely affect the rights of any member of the party to aspire to any position, adding that there were no preconditions to the return as Atiku Abubakar did not ask for, neither did the party offer any concessions to him beforehand,” the statement added.
The statement said what matters most to Makarfi is the forthcoming national convention of the PDP set to hold on Saturday, December 9.
Makarfi assured members and supporters of the party that his focus is to ensure that the convention is credible, transparent and successful.