Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Senator Ahmed Makarfi for the 2019 electoral contest.
Okowa who made a case for Makarfi to emerge as the PDP presidential flagbearer and the next President of Nigeria in 2019, said that he has all it takes to lead Nigeria to the promised land.
The governor spoke on Tuesday when Markafi met with PDP delegates for the forthcoming national convention of the party in Asaba, the state capital
Okowa said: “Going into 2019, it is only God that can decide the best for us as a country, and as a party, the best we can do, is to ensure free and fair primaries at the national convention.
“There is no doubt that Senator Ahmed Makarfi understands the problems of this country, he has a lot of exposure and he is a very honest man,” Okowa said.
He continued: “As you (Alhaji Makarfi) continues to reach out to Nigerians, travelling by road will expose you more to a lot and we hope you continue to do your best as you take your campaign to every part of Nigeria.”
Makarfi had highlighted his achievements and sacrifices for the PDP, stressing that, “I am not an opportunist; in 2007, I was basically the presumed candidate to take over from President Olusegun Obasanjo but, for some reasons, the person who was behind me in the ballot, was selected, we have never been given a task that we did not perform and we remain focused and never distracted.
“The PDP must present a credible candidate that all classes of people will feel comfortable with, associate with and come out to cast their votes for and protect the votes. If we act correctly, the people will be with us and the finances will be enough to give the party victory, but, if we present a wrong candidate, no amount of money will give us victory,” he said.
He said that when elected as Nigeria’s President, he will restructure the country in the interest of every citizen and this will include “institutional restructuring to make them accountable to the people.”
The PDP Chairman, Barr. Kingsley Esiso, declared Markafi the next president of Nigeria.”
“He is a straightforward personality, a gentleman, a consensus builder and a good manager of men and resources,” he stated.