Former Taraba State Commissioner of Information, Emmanuel Bello, has said for ensuring that internal democracy prevail in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), especially in its recent zoning decision, its National Caretaker Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi, deserves an award of excellence.
Bello said Makarfi has proven that he understands the meaning of democracy and the way it works.
He said with the former Kaduna State governor in charge, the PDP and the entire nationâ€™s democratic profile would be enhanced.
Bello, in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, said: â€œThe chairman is in his element as a thorough bred politician and a true democrat. Even when he was governor, we all remembered how he found a solution to the bitter riots that engulfed the state. He is one if the best governors Kaduna State have had. As a senator too, Makarfi displayed high level skills in brinkmanship. Personally, Iâ€™m impressed with his style from his days as governor. He looks quiet but very deep. He is a fantastic listener, soft spoken and a humble man. I like the way he engages the opposition with respect, reason and facts. Not being garrulous or abusive but very persuasive. He is thus my kind of opposition leader. He is not quarrelsome, yet his retorts are always piercing. His tone is measured and even the ruling party pays attention. Thatâ€™s the new direction of the PDP and he symbolises the new spirit.â€
Bello, who is also the Senior Special Assistant on media to Governor Darius Ishaku, noted that Makarfi is the real game changer. He said, â€œIâ€™ve always aligned with the Makarfi side during the partyâ€™s struggle. And now we can say with certainty that the leader means well for the party. It is through his political sagacity and maturity that the PDP had a very successful convention recently. His ability to bring all the groups and individuals together is legendary. It is even more heartwarming that, through his utterances and actions, Makarfi exudes confidence, selflessness, tact and deep humility. He has expunge the partyâ€™s image of a place where garrison commanders and charlatans are in charge. He has shown that the years of impunity, imposition and crass intimidation are over in the party. His action has also been very emulative even to the opposition who have a lot faith in him and are wishing him well.â€
Bello hailed the recent decision to open up the PDPâ€™s elective positions to all stakeholders.
He said: â€œEveryone now knows PDP is reborn with the recent decision to open up the space to all those interested in positions. No more caging or cowing contestants as respect for peopleâ€™s will is taking center stage. Makarfi is not only rebranding the party. He also entrenching democracy and enriching it in our national politics. He should be given an award of excellence by all lovers of democracy.â€