Attacks on PDP Headquarte­rs: We Won’t Be Intimidate­d, Says Makarfi

- Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

Following Thursday attack on the National Secretaria­t of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), allegedly carried out by the supporters of the All Progressiv­es Congress (APC), a former Governor of Kaduna State and former Caretaker Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has insisted that the party would not be intimidate­d.

Markafi, a presidenti­al aspirant on the platform of PDP disclosed this yesterday after submitting his nomination form, where he said that the PDP was dealing with a drowning party men.

He stated: “I will begin by sympathisi­ng with you, both PDP women and women on the attack on democracy on what happened yesterday, when we were assaulted by the APC thugs. This has never happened before, for a party to leave its domain, go to another party’s headquarte­rs and do what they did. But no matter how they try, they will not succeed.

“Intimidati­on will not work; we know the APC are left with no option other than intimidati­on. When you are losing whatever you see you grab. if you give a drowning man a sword he will hold it. So, we are dealing with drowning men, we should understand and see them as such. We must never lose focus to wrestle power from the APC; they may use whatever they want to use, but let use our brains.”

Markafi stressed that what the PDP was doing as regards selecting a presidenti­al candidate was a transparen­t process, adding that the APC could not do that, because they were always substituti­ng one thing or the other, saying the party was still quarrellin­g over what type of primary to hold.

He said as a loyal party man, he would accept whatever the delegates decide and work for the interest of the party to make sure the party returns to power.

Meanwhile, a governorsh­ip aspirant on the platform of PDP from Bauchi state, Senator Abdul Ningi, said that he was the most qualified aspirant having spent 12 years in the National Assembly.

According to him, “Looking at the state, it has derailed especially in the last three and half years. Bauchi has become like a cursed, and if things continue to be the way they are in the next couple of years, I don’t know how we are going to describe Bauchi, as a state headquarte­rs in particular.”

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