Former national caretaker chairman now presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the 2019 election, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has warned the PDP leadership to be wary of those defecting into the party.
He warned the party against accommodating those capable of imploding the main opposition party at the slightest provocation.
The ex-Kaduna governor gave the warning on Friday in Lokoja when he met leaders and stakeholders of the PDP in Kogi State to solicit their supports for his presidential aspiration.
“Everybody is welcome but we must be careful so we don’t give the impression that it doesn’t pay to be loyal. We must be careful how we accommodate and integrate those that are defecting to the party. It must be balanced in a way that the interest of everybody is taken care of.
“Some people when you pinch them like this (touching his arm), they will run to another party. When the going was tough, I stayed on… but you accept them into your house and give them your guest room. Next, they take the master’s bedroom; next, they drive you out of your house. We must not allow this, nor give undue advantage to them, so that we do not alienate our people.
“Modu Sheriff was brought from another party; they said he had three jets; he had billions, but what did he do? He was taking the party down, but I, the ‘bush boy,’ with the support of others, I was able to make members close ranks, and today, we can all see.”
“PDP must never allow that kind of thing to happen. Let them come in and enjoy the privileges but you must know what to give and what not to give,” he said.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, former Kano governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, who are all believed to be nursing 2019 presidential ambition are among political heavyweights that recently ditched APC for the PDP.
Makarfi urged the delegates to go for candidates that have the capacity and should not be swayed by moneybags.
“Together we can make it. If they give you their bags of money, collect it but go and do the right thing. After all, you are not going to give receipts. Collect and do the right thing and don’t collect bank draft or transfer from their personal accounts.
“We want a society where there is equitable distribution of wealth so that everybody can feed and take care of their families; educate their children, provide shelter for their family and provide good health care for their family and feel secured,” he said.
Makarfi maintained that he has the capacity to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria for the better and urged the PDP stakeholders in Kogi state to give him their supports during the presidential primaries.