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12 presidential candidates dump ambition, endorse Buhari for Saturday election


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari

Ahead of Saturday’s rescheduled elections, 12 presidential candidates under the auspices of the Forum of Presidential Candidates of Political Parties for Good Governance on Thursday dumped their bid and endorsed President Mohammadu Buhari.

Briefing State House Correspondent after their closed-door meeting with President Buhari in Aso Rock, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the 12 candidates decided without prompting to subordinate their own ambitions to that of the President, instead of running for the presidency on Saturday.


Adesina told newsmen that the 12 presidential candidates have consequently directed all their supporters to troop out en masse to vote for President Buhari during the Saturday election.

The Presidential media aide reeled out the names of the candidates and parties who have dumped their bids to endorse Buhari. They include Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Shittu Mohammed Kabiru; Independent Democrats, Hon. Edozie Nnamdi Madu; Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy, Danjuma Mohammed; Allied Peoples Movement, Mamman Yusuf Naptali; and Save Nigeria Party, Ahmed Buhari,

Others are Mass Movement of Nigeria, Alhaji Isabi Dansaki, Advanced Congress of Democrats, Ikechukwu Nwokeafor, Yes Party, Alistar Shoyode, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, Charles Ughalli, United Peoples Congress, Kenneth Ibe Kalu, Nigeria Element Progressives Party, Comrade Isiaka Paul Ebili and National Democratic Liberty Party, Robinson Apu.

“So these 12 former candidates declared support for Mr President. Mr President was quite delighted, he applauded their unselfish nature. If they wanted to deny him vote, they will still continue with the elections and people in their immediate environment, will vote for them and than deny him at least those votes.

“So, the fact that they have come to pledge loyalty and have directed their supporters to vote Mr President was a thing that President Buhari applauded,” Adesina said.


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