PDP presidential primary: Makarfi finally reacts to Atiku’s victory

A former Governor of Kaduna State and one of the 12 presidential
aspirants on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, platform, Senator
Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has said that the party's presidential
candidate, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, will be the best for

According to Markafi, who got 75 votes during the primary election,
Atiku will return Nigeria to the right track if elected in 2019.

Makarfi, a former Chairman of the National Working Committee, NWC of
the PDP, noted that the emergence of Atiku as the PDP flag bearer was
an indication that the party has, "turned a new leaf in broadening the
democratic process and space."

This was contained in a congratulatory message dated October 8 which
Makarfi personally signed, and addressed to Atiku, copies of which
were made available to journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The message reads, "Your emergence as the candidate of the party has
gone further to reinforce the new philosophy and the promise that the
PDP holds for both the present and the future of this country.

"Having known your strength of character, never-say-die spirit as well
as total commitment to, and the dogged pursuit of any cause that you
believe in, I have no doubt in my mind that you will successfully lead
us in this very crucial battle to rescue our country and return it to
the path of sanity.

"When prior to our party's convention, we all came together to commit
to the success of the party in 2019 elections irrespective of the
outcome of the primaries, I personally did that, fully conscious of
the fact that each one of the aspirants was eminently qualified to fly
our flag.
"The contest, as far as I am concerned, was not just an expression of
the legitimate rights of individuals to give vent to their
aspirations, but also a statement in how the party has turned a new
leaf in broadening the democratic process and space.

"I, therefore, write, on behalf of myself, my campaign organisation
and all my supporters to warmly congratulate you on your success at
the convention and to pledge our total support and commitment towards
your, and the party's success in the 2019 polls.
"I am available to play any role expected of me in the pursuit of this
noble objective."

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