Governor Aminu Tabuwal of Sokoto State has stepped down for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary race.
He made the move on Saturday during the 2022 PDP National Convention holding at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, saying it was after consultations.
“I have come to the conclusion – to the glory of God Almighty, seeing millions of Nigerians suffering and the need for us to close ranks in the party and as one of the leaders in this party – I have come to a patriotic conclusion to step down my aspiration,” the former Speaker of the House of Representatives told the gathering.
“And not only that, I have appealed to my supporters to take this in good strides and for national unity and patriotism – not only that, those who are delegates here – should vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.”
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Tambuwal becomes the second presidential aspirant of the PDP to step down from the race. Earlier in the day, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen had withdrawn from the poll, describing the process as “obscenely monetised”.
“It is therefore based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultations to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetized,” he said in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He, however, pledged to work for the party ahead of the general elections.
While the former managing director of the now-defunct FSB International Bank did not state he was supporting another aspirant, the Adamawa State governor Ahmadu Fintiri said Hayatu-Deen stepped down for Atiku.
“Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for him (Atiku),” Mr Fintiri told Channels Television on the sidelines of the party’s convention. “I think he has stepped down for him. He has instructed his delegates to vote for Atiku.”