Prof Aloysius Okolie, Senior Lecturer and former head of department, Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka told Vanguard in Nsukka that Atiku's return to PDP was a big blow to the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) as many of his supporters would follow him to PDP.
Aside Atiku who is strongly linked to the presidential ticket, Makarfi has also been touted as being interested in flying the party's flag in 2019.
Speaking during the inauguration of the party's National Convention Planning Committee headed by Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Monday in Abuja, Makarfi said contrary to insinuations in some quarters, there was no deal with Atiku to grant a special concession to him during the presidential primary of the PDP.
"Atiku never asked that we concede anything to him and we never gave him anything".
However, since he has defected to the APC with other notable politicians, Atiku may require a waiver from the national leadership of the party before he could attend the convention as a delegate.
The Punch newspaper reports that the PDP Convention Planning Committee ruled that no campaign posters of any of its presidential aspirants should be posted at the Eagle Square, the venue of its convention.
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Also, the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, declared that the board is ready to partner with the National Working Committee, Governors Forum and other stakeholders to ensure the success of the national convention.
"We also know he contributed in no small way to our defeat during the 2015 presidential election. Other PDP men and women are free to pursue whatever political aspirations they may have".
"Anyone who is desirous of a return to the era of abundance and freedom under the PDP administration is welcome".
He urged the party members to "run away" from act that may negatively affect the convention.
Okowa said his committee was trying to put up these measures in order to avoid overcrowding at the venue.
According to Frank, "Nigerians should note one very interesting thing in the politics of Nigeria today: in the past, it used to be that people decamped or left the party that had lost the election or that was in opposition to the party that is ruling. I want to urge them to cooperate with us as a committee", he pleaded.