The outgoing chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, NCC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has denied insinuations that he has confirmed his entry into the presidential contest of the party.

Referring to reports from an interview with journalists in which some quoted him as saying that the return of Atiku Abubakar would not affect his chances in picking the presidential ticket, the party chairman said he only meant that Atiku’s return would not affect the chances of anyone so interested in the ticket.

In the statement issued by his spokesman, Mukhtar Sirajo, said:

The attention of Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has been drawn to reports in some sections of the media, which seem to suggest that he has confirmed an interest in seeking to fly the flag of PDP in 2019. This is not a very true reflection of what the Distinguished Senator gave out in a chat with some newsmen couple of days ago. 

The fact is the Senator was asked what threat  the return of Atiku Abubakar to the party portended to the aspirations of others who had either made their intentions known or those, who, like him were rumoured to be nursing such ambition. His answer was that Atiku’s return would not, in any way adversely affect the rights of any member of the party to aspire to any position, adding that there was no preconditions to the return as Atiku Abubakar did not ask for, neither did the party offer any concessions to him beforehand. 

Senator Ahmed Makarfi wishes to assure the teeming Members and supporters of the PDP and indeed the entire country that his own major preoccupation at the moment is to discharge the responsibility given to him to lead the process of repositioning the party, which he hopes will culminate in the conduct of a very credible and transparent convention this Saturday. This is what matters the most to him at this moment.