I’m not interested in Kaduna North Senate seat, says Makarfi.
A former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, has debunked claims that he was interested in the Kaduna North Senate seat.
The ex-chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker committee, who lost the presidential ticket of the PDP to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, dissociated himself from the crisis in Kaduna North over the PDP Senate seat.
A statement issued by his spokesman, Mukhtar Sirajo, made it clear that Makarfi has no plan for the senatorial ticket.
“His position is that, in accordance with democratic norms, all winners should, as of right, be allowed to fly the party’s flag for the respective primaries they won. He believes that other people should be encouraged and given the chance to also contribute to the political process. This way, we will continue to widen the democratic space and deepen the process,” he stated.
Besides, Makarfi also said: “I am not interested in going to the Senate, so whoever the person is (that is interested), it is his business.
“Hunkuyi did not win the primaries for Senate. Hon. Ibrahim Nuhu won with 364 votes against Hunkuyi’s 27 votes.”
Makarfi alleged that Hunkuyi, after losing the governorship ticket, wanted Nuhu dropped for him to take the slot.
“This is what people are resisting, so it has nothing to do with me.
“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 after losing the presidential primaries.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Shehu, the only PDP member in Kaduna who obtained the nomination form for Kaduna North Senate seat, filed an application last Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to restrain PDP and INEC from nominating either Makarfi or Hunkuyi.”