A former National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has said that if he become President of Nigeria on the platform of the party, he will not mnd to appoint good people from the opposition, especially, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to form his federal cabinet and other vital organs of the government.
“If I am nominated and eventually get elected, my philosophy will not be to go after the opposition. It is to see how I will work with the opposition in any area for the good of all of us while maintaining our independent political opinion over any matter.
“That is how you can bring Nigerians together. And that is when people will not even have any need to cross carpet. If I get nominated and I find somebody in APC who can help me do what I want to do, I will look for you without demanding that you join the PDP.
Makarfi, who answered reporters’ questions in Abuja, said that he is offering himself to be President of Nigeria because he has a better idea of how to bring development fast to the country.
“It is a question of what do I have to offer that is better than what the other person has to offer. It should not affect personal relationship. At the end of the day, whoever gets it will have to work with others to succeed.
“If one of the other candidates gets the ticket, I will do what I can do to make sure he succeeds, just as I expect that if I get the nomination, others should be prepared to do what they can to make me succeed.
He however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) government for successes recorded in the fight against insurgency.
“Yes, I have to give the government credit in the area of Boko Haram, not that it has come to an end, but they have recorded some successes, you can’t take that away from them.
“Because I want to be the candidate of my party, it will not be an excuse to insult or do negative campaign against other candidates.
“I will leave you to make that decision on your own. That is the kind of politics that I want to see happening in Nigeria.” [myad]