Atiku visits Makarfi in Kaduna

A former governor of Kaduna State Ahmed Makarfi has dismissed reports that ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar asked him to drop his presidential ambition on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Atiku had recently visited Makarfi after which he also visited former Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido.

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Atiku had during the visit asked Lamido to step down for him.

When asked if Atiku asked him to step down for him, Makarfi told newsmen, “Nothing like that was actually discussed, but I believe he is eminently qualified, he also expressed that, that I am equally eminently qualified, but among several qualified people, it is only one person that will emerge.

“So, I don’t have a problem if he emerges, and I believe if I emerge, he will willingly accept my candidature. Nobody made any specific request during our meeting.

“That question never came up between us.

“We only discussed as Democrats, as people who started PDP together. There are lots at stake.”