Former Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi, has welcomed the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governors Samuel Ortom, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Aminu Tambuwal and all others who have defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party,
A statement signed on Wednesday by Mr Makarfi’s spokesman, Muktar Surajo, reaffirmed the PDP’s ready to offer them a hand of fellowship and cooperation, “to work together, to rescue our country, save our democracy, preserve the legacy of our heroes past and restore our prosperity.”
According to him, the rebranded and repositioned PDP offers an opportunity for all who have the will to take it.
The statement read in part: “Sen Ahmed Makarfi has always believed that the Peoples Democratic Party as a family and the largest organic party in Africa is an umbrella wide enough to accommodate and provide security to all Nigerians, more so at this most difficult time in our history.”
Mr Makarfi added that he was least surprised at their defection, saying: “Peoples Democratic Party is the only party founded on the very basic principles of democracy, justice, equity, fairness and the rule of law.
Mr Makarfi, a former Kaduna state governor, recalled how he fought as the party’s chairman to create an environment where members could thrive and develop to their God-given potential by laying emphasis on openness, fairness, justice and inclusion.
“Sen Makarfi also believes that the 2019 election is the most consequential election of our generation as recent events in our country have indicated; a democracy in peril due to intimidation and harassment of political opponents, impunity in government, insecurity in the land, poverty at a level never witnessed in the country, homelessness and hopelessness as the ruling party shows little or no capacity, nor interest to halt the trend.
“This is why the senator is gladdened on the news of the return back to the fold of these our brothers and sisters and the other democrats who decided to move in the right direction.”