- A former presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi, has made clarifications on his political ambition
- Makarfi says he has no interest in contesting the Kaduna North senatorial ticket of the PDP
- He says he is not prepared to contest any elective office
A former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ex-presidential aspirant, Ahmed Makarfi, has said he is not contesting the Kaduna North senatorial ticket of the party.
Punch reports that Makarfi stated that the winner of the senatorial primary election must be allowed to contest the 2019 general elections.
Legit.ng gathers that the Kaduna North senatorial ticket was said to have been ceded to Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi after failing to secure the Kaduna state governorship ticket following his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.
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An application was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja to restrain the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting the nomination of Hunkuyi or Markafi without a primary.
Ahmad Rufai Shehu, an applicant who filed the application, said in an affidavit: “That the primary elections in the other two senatorial districts of Kaduna state have been conducted. However, it is only in the Kaduna North senatorial district that the primary has not been conducted.
“I had written a letter to the chairman, Election Petition Committee of the PDP, Kaduna state, on October 6 and submitted it on the 8th of October.
“I have not received any response from the chairman, Election Petition Committee of the PDP, Kaduna state with respect to the aforesaid letter.”
Making clarifications on his political ambition, Makarfi said: “The national headquarters allowed Hunkuyi to participate in both the governorship and senatorial primaries and he lost in both. I am not prepared to contest any elective office, having lost the presidential primary."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ahmed Makarfi, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, August 26, said he was confident of picking the party’s presidential ticket for the 2019 election.
Makarfi said his exceptional performance as chairman of the caretaker committee of the party would give him an upper hand at the primaries.
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