Unic Press UK: A presidential aspirant and the former Caretaker Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, says he can win the party’s presidential primaries on September 2018.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos today, Makarfi said:
“The party [PDP] was considered dead until I came in as chairman of the caretaker committee and turned it round. No other presidential aspirant in the party has my pedigree. Since I joined the PDP, I have never left the party. In one of the southwest states I visited, a member said other aspirants have been giving them money and gifts, but I don’t have to give them money or gifts to vote for me in the primaries because they know I am the best man for the job,” the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Other presidential aspirants of the PDP are:
Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Atiku is one of the hitherto chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who decamped. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former governor of Kano state. Kwankwaso is one of the Senators, who recently decamped from the APC. Sokoto state governor Aminu Tambuwal. And a former governor of Jigawa state Sule Lamido. Others are a former Sokoto state governor Atahiru Bafarawa and the Gombe state governor Ibrahim Dankwambo.
Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections, in which a new president will be elected, will hold on Saturday, the 16 February 2019, at 08:00 hrs (GMT+1).
There are 91 political parties in Nigeria. Apart from the aspirants under the PDP, there are several notable presidential aspirants including:
- Muhammadu Buhari, a former military Head of State and the current President of Nigeria.
- Martin Onovo, a consulting engineer, who studied in the United States and Nigeria. He has been endorsed by the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), who also named him the “Face of the New Nigeria”. The Movement For Fundamental Change [MFC] and Secure our Votes Nigeria [SOV Nigeria] also endorsed Onovo.
- Omoyele Sowore, a popular online publisher and the founder of Sahara Reporters.
- Kingsley Moghalu, a political economist and a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
- Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa state and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
- Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state.