Contrary to the fact that observers and commentators of the Nigerian Political environment do have opinions that differs.. one can hardly deny the fact the Senator Ahmed Makarfi who was a two term Governor, two term Senator and immediate past chairman of the People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria is a Simple down to earth politician, a bridge builder, Philanthropist, a detribalised Nigerian, Man of peace, a unifying figure and an extremely honourable personality who is viewed as a political gladiator not only in Kaduna state, but the entire nation and beyond.
At a time like this when Nigerians are so desperate and eager to Change the change and to kick out a government that had brought lies, hardship, hunger, insecurity and injustice to the nation. Senator Makarfi is however considered as one of the few credible and trusted leaders with the capabilities of turning things around if given the opportunity to take charge of the affairs of a dying Nigeria. There is no dispute that his achievements in Kaduna state and performance with the PDP as chairman all speaks greatly of him.
In trying to assess the Makarfi candidacy, one must first compare and contrast the oppositon PDP alongside other Presidential hopefuls with regards to the 2019 electioneering. Although so many points Makarfi to be the right candidate, following the zoning arrangements to the North by the party.. there seems to be Indications that interested candidates such as Sule Lamido, Atiku Abubakar, Ibrahim Shekarau amongst others will definitely not give up the party’s flag on easy grounds and will therefore compete fearlessly to get at their ambitions.
In as much as the People’s Democratic Party is working hard to reclaim power and save the nation, Party will choose to go for a candidate who is sellable, very well accepted by the electorates and can match President Buhari’s popularity in the North. But for a man who is excellent in Political diplomacy and saviour that brought back a dying PDP to life… Will a Makarfi candidacy be sufficient and all that is needed to dislodge the rulling APC in 2019?
Hate him or Love him, to be rational or otherwise, Sen.Makarfi remains a candidate with clean records and had so far so great delivered essential governance wherever he found himself to serve. He’s been a loyal party faithful in good and in bad times, under the sunshine and the heavy rain, he had made sacrifices and contributed his all towards the growth and progress of his party the PDP. However, as time approaches, we all expect to see a change of game play and the delegates will have to decide democratically without any interfering factors on who is best to fly the party’s flag during the primary elections prior to the 2019 general elections.
Dogara Unyem Caesar
-Deputy National Coordinator, Youths Support Advocates for PDP (YSAP)
-Kaduna state coordinator, WIMBPDP_2019.
Writes from Kaduna, Kaduna state.