- Ahmed Makarfi, a presidential hopeful on the platform of the PDP, warns his party about Buhari's acceptability in the north
- Makarfi says his party needs a very strong candidate if it must win the 2019 presidential election
- The former governor reveals some areas of interest if he eventually wins the election
A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makafi, has urged the opposition party to field a very strong candidate if it must stand any chance of defeating President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The Nation reports that Makarfi warned that Buhari still commands a strong followership in the north which has highest number of voters.
Makarfi, a former caretaker chairman of the PDP, said the PDP must work on the psychology of voters in the northern part of the country as many of them “still retain blind followership for Buhari.”
The report said Makarfi spoke Friday during a visit to the Ekiti PDP delegates led by the state’s deputy governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola, in continuation of consultations on his presidential ambition ahead of the party’s national convention.
He promised to tackle insurgency, herdsmen killings, insecurity, unemployment, epileptic power supply, infrastructural challenges and other problems confronting the polity if he becomes the president.
“If we want to win the election, we must not lose the north and we should give them the candidate they trust in the north.
“The problem for us winning is the North; the current president comes from there and there is blind followership there. If we want to win, we should field a strong candidate from there.
“We must work on the psychology of the Buhari’s sentimental followers in the north and change their mind towards us.”
Markafi said further: “First of all is the restructure of the country to make it good for everybody, restructuring of the security and creation of jobs and infrastructure development in all respects and promoting the private sector so that it can become effective employer of labour.
“We have also looked at some issues protocol that we have which have negative impact in the country.
“Any issue of protocol that doesn’t serve national interest in terms of security we will dialogue with other country where they have got it right and restructure ours.
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“I have been tested and proven myself as governor of Kaduna state as selected chairman of Senate committee finance, my records are there and as party chairman of PDP when people are not given the chance to make the party to survive.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said recently that the string of victory recorded by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in bye-elections held in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi states is sufficient proof that 2019 elections will be won by the party.
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