A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has stated that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is qualified to run for president.
In an interview with The Guardian, the former Kaduna State governor described Peter Obi as friendly and humble.
He, however, stated that the Labour Party presidential candidate left the PDP due to frustrations from his state, Anambra State.
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.”
Makarfi downplayed any possible negative impact that Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s defection from PDP could have on the party’s electoral fortunes in 2023.
He stressed that the former Kano State governor would still have defected.
On 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.