…“We’ll disappoint Nigerians, if we don’t takeover in 2023” – Makarfi
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Governor Nyisom Wike of Rivers State was on Monday sighted at Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi’s residence in Kaduna State, ahead of the alleged 2023 Presidential election.
During the visit at Makarfi’s Manson, the River State Governor described Nigeria as a “country in bleeding” and, therefore, called on members of the PDP to unite and take over power in 2023.
His host-cum former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, told Wike and his entourage that the people of Nigeria would be disappointed in the PDP, if they don’t unite and take over power.
He said, going by election results in recent times where the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party had lost many units at grassroots levels, it’s an indication that Nigerians were now tired and were waiting for the PDP to take over power.
Wike, however, told the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) crowd at Makarfi’s residence that he was not on a political trip but to see Senator Makarfi, who was in overseas on health grounds.
According to him, “Makarfi was important and held in high esteem by PDP members because of his leadership qualities and the gallantry he displayed to save the party, when Ali Modu Sheriff was being used to break the PDP.”
He explained that party members should be concerned about the unity and sustainability of the party, and be united ahead of the forthcoming campaign to wrestle power from the ruling APC.
“I call on our leader to know, if he was back from London, because I am aware that he travelled out of the country for some months for health issues. When he came back he said he would come and see me in Abuja but I said I would come to Kaduna to see him.
“I thought it was a quiet visit – just to find out how he was after his hospital visit – but I am overwhelmed with what I saw. I did not come here for politics, I came here to see somebody, who has contributed his own to the party, the growth of the party today and, if anything happens to him, it happens to all of us in the party and I know that Kaduna will suffer for it.
“We thank God in His infinite mercy that he has recovered very well. I did not know Senator Makarfi until he became chairman of the party. I did not know him, not that I did not know, who Senator Makarfi was, but we were not as close. We got close when he became chairman; that is when you know that you cannot buy leadership, leadership is given by God that is when you know, who has leadership qualities when a party is in crisis.
“When our party was in crisis, when Ali Modu Sheriff was to be used to kill our party, you stood firm, committed and showed boldness and said ‘I have no other place to go other than the PDP.’ He built the party from the shackles of Ali Modu Sheriff and it is good when you speak to somebody, you know that he is a human being.
“Whatever he tells you is what he will say in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening; that is leadership, not someone that will say something in the morning and say a different thing in the afternoon and in the evening and then people call it ‘politics.’ That is not politics.
“Continue to do what you have been doing .You have won the elections, I saw how PDP came out strong even though we are the opposition during the councillorship elections. Despite being the opposition, you are on ground in Kaduna State, and for the party to be on ground, it required a strong leadership.
“There is still time for you recover fully so that you can be battle ready against them, come 2023. I want to also urge all of you – you see, in every family there are bound to be problems; put yourselves together, Nigeria is bleeding and, if we are not united, Nigeria will not forgive us because every Nigerian is hoping that PDP must come and stop this bleeding.
“The issue at stake now is not who wants to run for presidency or where to zone presidency; the issue now is that all party members must be united because, if you like to zone president to the West, if you are not united you cannot achieve anything, so that most important thing now is the unity of the party. Forgive anybody, who may have gone astray, bring back everybody and use your leadership qualities to forgive.
“I will render support whenever it is needed, to move the party forward as the PDP is the only party in the country, which has hope. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has finished Nigeria; they no longer have new ideas and, if they had ideas, they did not use it,” Wike stated.
Makarfi, in his remarks, said without the solid support Wike gave when they were caretaker committee, there would not have been PDP. “We played our role, but you played a key role.
“I commend you for this role towards the successful convention of the party. There were a lot of differences but at the end of the day we came out as one strong PDP family and put our adversaries to shame, and it is what they can never do.
“I absolutely believe that with the same energy and perseverance we can do it again. If there is no party, what is the point of your ticket? Therefore, we have to build the party first; we have to be united and when a consensus is decided, we should all have one voice.
“I agree with you ….we will be disappointing Nigerians, if we do not come together and take over power to recover Nigeria for Nigerians. We will not rest on our oars until we see the PDP in the overwhelming majority of states in power and nationally in power,” Markarfi said.