From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Immediate past caretaker committee chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi yesterday says as the country approaches the 2019 general elections, politics of religion and ethnicity must give way to merit based politics.
Senator Makarfi who has disclosed his political intensions to seek his party’s presidential ticket has also gotten the unanimous endorsement of his home chapter of the party.
The presidential hopeful who was at the party’s state secretariate where he met with the party stakeholders preparatory to his official declaration to contest for the presidency said, because charity the say begins at home, had to formally intimate his immediate constituency and seek their support and prayers.
According to the two term governor of Kaduna state, “after my tenure as the caretaker chairman of our great party. PDP, I rested a while and began consultations on the way forward for our party and nation.
“Based on my wide consultations and calls, I have made up my mind to contest for the presidency under our great party come 2019 and am here to seek for your support and prayers.
“let me say that, there will be other contestants for the same people who certainly are eminently qualified for the position too, but our political antecedents will make the difference at the long run and above all, the will of God will prevail.
“My modest efforts while I was the governor of the state is there on ground for people to see, but let me make it clear that politics of religion and ethnicity must not be the yastics for voting our leaders in the 2019 elections, let it be merit based of whoever is vieing for any position.
“If considered and given the party mandate, my priority among others will be to immediately address issues of insecurity, infrastructural decay, unemployment, arm banditry, national unity and promotion of what binds us together, creating and distributing wealth”.
“When you say you have raised our GDP by seven per cent, yes, is it possible, but who benefited from the increase? That is the question. So, when you create wealth, it is only meaningful when it is legitimately and evenly distributed and you distribute wealth by creating employment. Good paying job, not temporary jobs that people are paid peanuts and you begin to wonder whether the money being paid is transport money or a living wage.
“We must cut the cost of governance and redistribute that savings, so that, we create the middle class. Middle class in any society creates more wealth than the upper class; they create employment.
“They will say PDP has done nothing, but we have record of performance everywhere. We have record of performance at legislative level and we have record of performance of managing diversity among party men and women”.
Responding, Kaduna state PDP Chairman Mr Felix Hassan Hyet who summarized the position of all other stakeholders who spoke before him, told the Presidential hopeful that he has all the support of Kaduna PDP members and as a state.
He stressed, “Come 2019 inauguration, rather than accompanying other people, we from Kaduna will be accompanied for the inauguration because we will produce the man to be inaugurated.”