- Ahmed Makarfi has spoken on the just concluded PDP national convention
- Makarfi disclosed why non of the southwest aspirants became the party’s national chairman
- He said the whole issue of the region was its inability to appoint a credible candidate
The former chairman of the caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ahmed Makarfi has spoken on the possible reason for the loss of the southwest in the party’s national convention.
Speaking on Channels TV on Monday, December 11, Makarfi said the southwest never had a true consensus candidate for the chairmanship position.
According to him, ''Damaging campaign” engineered by an unnamed individual rubbed negatively on the region.
“For the southwest, it was at the convention venue that they resolved on a consensus candidate. And even then, another candidate came to the state box and met the leaders and said, look, they never resolved, that he was still in the race. So, it was a total confusion.
“Somebody signs on behalf of other candidates and say ‘we now have a consensus candidate and please support him’ and another going round and saying ‘no, we don’t have a consensus candidate.
''The whole issue of the southwest was its inability to put itself in order in good time. And then allowing some characters that cannot stand up in terms of credibility to occupy the political and media landscape; all kinds of abuses.
''And we cautioned them that that negative campaign by one individual was damaging them as people and members of the PDP and they needed to call that person to order. Still, they never called him to order. And as far as I know, ninety-percent of PDP members that person comes to will run away.''
Makarfi also denied the allegation that the convention was marred by a ‘unity list’.
He said: ''Nobody had a list going to the polling unit. Every delegate had his ballot paper and at each polling unit, names of those standing for the election were there. And delegates look at that and made their choice.
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''In politics, you also have consensus building. Even before the convention, you had geopolitical zones and states endorsing candidates. So if a zone is endorsing a particular candidate, they must have consulted with their delegates so they must have arrived at that venue with already a decision as to who to vote for.
''Before the convention, people were going round and campaigning and some states, changing their mind. So the issue of any particular list may be an issue of a state or zone who has come to a decision that this is where we were going.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Prince Uche Secondus formally took over as chairman of the PDP.
Ahmed Makarfi who was the chairman of the party’s national caretaker committee handed over to the new chairman and other newly-elected members of the party’s national working committee.
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