The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State has endorsed two-term governor and two-term Senator, Ahmed Makarfi, for president in 2019.
At a brief stakeholders’ meeting with Makarfi, Chairman Hassan Hyet said there would be a change in the country in 2019 because PDP will reclaim power.
Hyet said: “On that day, we will not be the one to escort others to the seat of power, but others will be the one to escort Makarfi to Aso Rock as the elected President by the grace of God.”
He urged party members to work towards achieving Makarfi’s presidential ambition because he has stood his ground to ensure the party’s unity.
“Today, PDP is a household name in Nigeria because of Makarfi’s sacrifice in ensuring that the party remains one united family,” he said.
Makarfi said after consulting the party at national level about his political ambition, he decided to come home to Kaduna to intimate his supporters at the state level.
He promised that if elected, he would stop killings and kidnappings across the country.
Makarfi reiterated that Nigerians will be better off during his presidency because of his wealth of experience in governance.
He said: “I have consulted the party and I thought it wise to come and meet my own base and the stakeholders to affirm to them though a formal declaration has not taken place.
“But, like I had earlier said, if nominated by the party and elected by Nigerians, my priorities would be insecurity and ending the killings in the country. Addressing national unity and promotion of what binds us together, addressing the issue of unemployment and creation, as well as redistribution of wealth.
“This is home coming, so I am here so that you and I can take on the task beyond the shores of Kaduna State.”