Eagle Square, Abuja - At the ongoing presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, some leading aspirants have stepped down for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
As they stepped down, they urged their delegates to vote for the former governor of Lagos state who is committed to getting the APC ticket and succeeding President Buhari in 2023.
Seven aspirants who stepped down for Tinubu
- Governor Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti state)
- Governor Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa state)
- Senator Ibikunle Amosun
- Senator Ajayi Borrofice
- Dimeji Bankole
- Senator Godswill Akpabio, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs
- Uju Ohanenye.
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While seven of the aspirants stepped down at the venue of the primaries, Governor Badaru of Jigawa state had earlier withdrawn from the race following the decision of the northern governors to let the southern region produce the party's presidential candidate.
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However, at the venue on Tuesday, June 7, Governor Badaru addressed the delegates and urged them to vote for Tinubu.
APC primary: Why I stepped down for Tinubu, Fayemi reveals
While making his speech at the Eagles Square, the venue of the party's presidential primary on Tuesday, June 7, Fayemi said that he was prepared to sacrifice his ambition to be president of Nigeria for Tinubu.
"I am prepared to sacrifice my ambition to be president of Nigeria. I am a young man and I still have a lot of time ahead of me and one person I have worked with in the trenches of democratic struggles and in the cause of governing Nigeria side by side, shoulder to shoulder, my mentor, my leader and supporter of mine and great fighter for the unity of Nigeria that I will recommend to all my supporters and my delegates starting with the 48 delegates from Ekiti state alone and others from across the country is that you please accord me the respect to offer the support you are giving me to my elder brother, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I am not doing him a favour but doing a duty of care for Nigeria," he said.