Former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker committee, Ahmed Makarfi, has declared his interest in the 2019 presidential election, saying his experience in the public and private sectors makes him well suited to lead the country.
Makarfi who said he is hopeful of getting his party, the PDP’s ticket to contest the election, said he had consulted widely with stakeholders in the party and informed them of his ambition.
Speaking to journalists at his residence in Kaduna, the former governor, said: “It’s is just consultations and not endorsement. But it gives you an opportunity to feel the pulse and it will tell whether to go forward or not to go forward.
“The consultations have been quite positive and I believe it is fair enough to come to the conclusion that one should join other equally capable party men and women who have shown interest in seeking the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election. At this stage, it is to seek for the party’s nomination.
“The successful nominees will become the candidate that will stand for the election. But first thing first. If one’s party does not put him forward, you can’t say you are contesting for presidency yet. “At this stage, I have come to the conclusion that it is okay, based on the consultations that I have had. Those who have shown interest are equally capable. We do not know how many more will show interest but whatever it is, power comes from God. The party men and women will decide who will be the candidate. I will subject myself to the will of God and the decision of the party men and women whenever it is made.”