A former National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has revealed what he will do if he fails to get the presidential ticket of the party in 2019 election.
Asked in an interview with reporters in Abuja if he will seek to realize his ambition on another platform if he did not succeed in getting the PDP nomination, Makarfi said his politics is politics of decency, not just within the party.
The former Kaduna State governor also hailed the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress government for successes recorded in the fight against insurgency.
He said, “Because I want to be the candidate of my party, it will not be an excuse to insult or do negative campaign against other candidates.
“It is a question of what do I have to offer that is better than what the other person has to offer. It should not affect personal relationship. At the end of the day, whoever gets it will have to work with others to succeed.
“If one of the other candidates gets the ticket, I will do what I can do to make sure he succeeds, just as I expect that if I get the nomination, others should be prepared to do what they can to make me succeed.
“If I am nominated and eventually get elected, my philosophy will not be to go after the opposition. It is to see how I will work with the opposition in any area for the good of all of us while maintaining our independent political opinion over any matter.
“That is how you can bring Nigerians together. And that is when people will not even have any need to cross carpet. If I get nominated and I find somebody in APC who can help me do what I want to do, I will look for you without demanding that you join the PDP.
“I will leave you to make that decision on your own. That is the kind of politics that I want to see happening in Nigeria. How do you assess this government’s fight against insecurity in the country?
“Yes, I have to give the government credit in the area of Boko Haram, not that it has come to an end, but they have recorded some successes, you can’t take that away from them.”