FORMER chairman of the defunct National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has said the killings in the country allegedly by herdsmen had festered because of collusion by some individuals.
He however said he would bring the menace to an end if he gets the presidential ticket of the PDP and elected president.
The former Kaduna State governor who was at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Friday to submit his completed Expression of Interest and Nomination forms, said he would replicate in the country what he did as Kaduna governor to restore peace after a series of deadly communal clashes in the state.
He said: “Nigeria needs to be secure. There is too much bloodletting in this country today. We must restore sanity and stop these killings.
“It is not possible for these killings to be going on without one collusion or the other. The collusion can be from anybody, but there is no way with the way things are going that there is not going to be one collusion or the other.
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“If I happen to be nominated and elected, I have a history to have restored peace in Kaduna. That will also be replicated in the length and breadth of Nigeria. This is not theory, but practical because I had done it before.”
Makarfi condemned the attempt by thugs suspected to be members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to disrupt proceedings at the national secretariat of the PDP on Thursday, saying that it was the handiwork of a drowning party.
He said APC was left with no choice but to intimidate just as he advised the former ruling party not to lose focus.
“I will begin by sympathising with you, both PDP women and men, on the attack on democracy on what happened on Thursday, when we were assaulted by thugs. This has never happened before, for a party to leave its domain, go to another party’s headquarters and do what they did. But no matter how they try, they will not succeed.
“Intimidation will not work. We know the APC is left with no option other than intimidation.
“When you are losing, whatever you see you grab. A drowning man, if you give him a sword, he will hold it. So, we are dealing with drowning men. We should understand and see them as such.
“We must never lose focus to wrestle power from APC. They may use whatever they want to use, but let us use our brains,” he said.