A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has stated that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, was frustrated out of the party by people from his home state.
In an interview with The Guardian, the former Kaduna State governor described the former Anambra State governor as friendly and humble, maintaining that he is qualified to run for president.
Peter Obi left the PDP where he was the running mate to Atiku Abubakar for the presidential election a few days before its primary election which saw Atiku emerge as the party’s candidate again. He joined the Labour Party where he became the presidential candidate and has emerged as a frontrunner in the 2023 contest.
Makarfi said: “For Peter Obi, let him be honest and say who frustrated him out of PDP. That frustration was from home, not from anywhere, not from any other part of this country.
“We know him to be a good man, he is qualified, he is humble, he is very friendly, but his problems are home-based. If some people from elsewhere are supporting him, I don’t know, but his problems are home-based.”
On Rabiu Kwankwaso, Makarfi played down any possible negative impact that the former Kano State governor’s defection from PDP could have on the party’s electoral fortunes in 2023.
According to him, Makarfi would still have defected.
Responding to claims that the national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, did not handle the fallout of the presidential primary and presidential running mate selection, Makarfi said Ayu informed him that he had been talking to all groups.
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