From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
The Chairman, Kebbi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Haruna Saidu has assured the former National Chairman of the party and now a presidential aspirant, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammed Markafi of their vote as the right candidate that is qualified for the party’s ticket.
Alhaji Saidu stated this yesterday while receiving the aspirant at the party office in Birnin Kebbi, saying Markafi deserved the honor of getting the presidential ticket because he fought for the party when it was in crisis. “We have nothing to offer you than to compensate you with our vote.
PDP is now the strongest opposition party; and the glory was regained through your efforts. All the people that left the party and returned did not deserve it,” he added.
In his response, the PDP aspirant thanked the Kebbi State chapter for their support and encouragement, promising them good governance if elected as the presidential flag bearer.
Markafi, who visit the Birnin-Kebbi PDP Secretariat to seek delegates’ support ahead of the party convention, cautioned against condemning other candidates and saying that they do not qualify because they just newly join the party.
He said further that the number of the aspirants for the forthcoming Presidential primary of the party would not lead to crisis, as the party is capable of handling her affairs.
He revealed that all the aspirants, National Working Committee and BOT of the party are working diligently to address identified issues and grievances of members.
He said: “We are having series of meeting with BoT, National Working Committee and all aspirants, listening to all issues, grievances of members and trying to address their complaints so that we can have free and fair convention. “So, our party is capable of handling the affairs of primary,” he said.
While counting on his past experience to click the party’s Presidential ticket, the former Kaduna State Governor noted that all the Presidential Aspirants are qualified to be Presidential candidate of the party.
“What I know is that, I am qualified as they are. I have some experience some of them don’t have. Some of them have the experience I don’t have. But in all, there is one experience that I have many of them don’t have – that is experience in managing a political party in a democracy. I was able to manage a political party under an extreme political difficulty; and I managed it successfully. That is why we are here where we were today.”
He told party members in Kebbi State that he had worked with many of the governorship aspirants of the party in the state at party national level, at the Senate, with a cordial relationship. HE stressed that he was in Kebbi State to familiarize himself, not to campaign again.