Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi, former governor of Kaduna State and presidential hopeful, has ruled out the possibility of leaving the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for any other political party if he does not win the party’s ticket for the country’s top job in 2019.
He said he would rather quit politics, instead of joining any other political group.
Makarfi said this on Saturday while addressing newsmen at the PDP secretariat in Minna, the Niger State capital.
Makarfi was in Minna to drum up support for his presidential bid in 2019.
“If I leave PDP, I would leave politics. If I was to leave PDP, I could have defected a long time ago.So that possibility is not there,” he said
The one time governor of Kaduna said he predicted the recent mass defections to PDP, adding that the biggest challenge is managing it.
“I welcome all the defectors and as a matter of fact I predicted it. I said it that after the APC convention you would see a lot of defections and that’s what has happened.
“But the challenge is how to manage it. If we manage it well, the party would be better for it but if we don’t we may run into problems,” he said.
He added, “Modu Sheriff was brought from another party; they said he had three jets; he had billions, but what did he do? He was taking the party down, but I, the ‘bush boy,’ with the support of others, I was able to make members close ranks, and today, we can all see.”
Makarfi said Senator Bukola Saraki should be left alone as Senate President because he has not breached any provision of the constitution on account of his defection from APC to PDP.