By Festus Ahon
ASABA—FORMER Governor of Kaduna State and 2019 Presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Tuesday, said he would restructure Nigeria and address the problem of insecurity plaguing the country if elected President in 2019.
Speaking when he paid a consultative visit to PDP leadership and possible Delta State delegates to the National Convention in Asaba, Delta State, Makarfi said he would create an enabling environment for the country’s economy to thrive, adding that his administration would pay priority attention to education, tackle unemployment and poverty.
He said his commitment to restructuring was not political, insisting that “there must be a way to restructure the country and its agencies, including Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, such that political parties are represented in the commission.
“As governor of Kaduna State, I was the architect of the first National Conference under former President Olusegun Obasanjo,” regretting that so many vital areas, which were classified as no go areas, were shut out.
Saying he was not aspiring to the position of president because he was once the national chairman of the caretaker committee, he said: “I am not an opportunist, I am not coming out to be president because you once appointed me as national chairman of the caretaker committee. People may have forgotten that I was to succeed Obasanjo in 2007.”
Responding, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said Makarfi was grounded on issues affecting the country, having served as governor, senator and national chairman of the party at a time the PDP was in turmoil.
Noting that Makarfi was able to manage the turbulent era of PDP and made it a beautiful bride that is now being sought after, Okowa described Makarfi as a good and honest party man, adding: “We have so many good materials in the PDP, and the least we can do is to ensure a free and fair primaries at the national convention.”