- The immediate past PDP chairman, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has spoken on some of the strategies the party can adopt ahead of 2019 general polls
- Makarfi said that the opposition must present a credible candidate with proven integrity to voters, if it truly hopes for victory in the coming elections
- He further said that going by his catalogue of political experiences and administrative skills, he has an edge over other aspirants in the party
An ex-chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who is also a presidential aspirant, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, in a recent interview conducted by Leadership has made some proposals as to the strategies the opposition can adopt to ensure victory in the 2019 polls.
Stating that winning the primaries is not enough, Makarfi pointed out that what is key is victory in the governorship and presidential elections. Thus, he remarked that the PDP must present a candidate who is sincere, credible and with integrity to match President Muhammadu Buhari.
In that respect, the senator said: "I don’t belong to the group which believes that whichever candidate we present, we will win. It’s not possible. If you present something exciting to voters, it will make it easier for us to win.
"Of course we need money to go through the electoral process, you cannot rule out the issue of money but it is not the quantum of money that will make us win.
"I think we should dwell more on credibility and integrity in every sense of the word so that when voters look at your candidate, they will say he has integrity, is sincere and is credible. These are the issues we should put upfront and show voters. It will make it easier for us to win."
Concerning what makes his presidential ambition different from those of other party aspirants, Makarki said that the fact that he put his administrative skills to use in the party in times of crisis for the benefit of other stands him out.
The senator said: "What is unique is that whatever experiences others might have, none had the experience of managing a political party like myself. It wasn’t just managing it but doing it at the times of crises.
"It was the success we recorded in managing it that made it a beautiful bride today. Yes it was a collective responsibility but you can’t take away the fact that I was the head of it."
Meanwhile, NAIJcom reported that Makarfi had officially declared his intention to run for president in 2019. NAIJ.com gathered that Makarfi made his intentions known at a press briefing on Sunday, June 17 in Kaduna.
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