Nigeria Decides: Buhari withdraws from presidential race, gives reason

The presidential candidate of the Sustainable National Party (SNP), Ahmed Buhari has finally withdrawn from the Feb. 16 presidential election.

Buhari made his decision known in an interview with SUNRISE daily, a breakfast show on Channels Television.

On why he stepped down, Buhari said his decision is to drum support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari.

Acording to Ahmed Buhari, he is stepping down from the race because he believes that president Buhari is the right man for the job, NAN reports.

He noted that the Buhari government has also made some gains in the last four years it came on board in the country.

The former SNP presidential candidate accused Nigerian youths of not backing young persons for the presidency.

He regretted his lack of resources to compete with the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It would be recalled that Ahmed Buhari was once a member of the main opposition PDP but left for the SNP to fulfill his dream of becoming the country’s leader.

But, Kingsley Nwagu, the Vice Presidential candidate of the SNP distanced himself from the decision of his presidential candidate to support President Buhari.

Nwagu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that Ahmed Buhari was alone in his decision and that the party had replaced him with Jaiye Gasikiya who was the runner-up during the presidential primary election.

“We are still in the race; Ahmed Buhari acted on his own without the party’s consent, so, as it is, the party has not adopted any candidate neither will it adopt.

“But if it will, it is left for the party to decide; we have already written to INEC and we are elevating Jaiye Gaskiya who contested primary election with Ahmed Buhari.

“INEC is yet to respond to our letter notifying them of the development in the party, and we expect a positive response from them.

“As it is, the ballot papers carry only the parties’ logo and as such we are calling on all our members nationwide to still thumbprint on our party logo,” Nwagu said.

Feb. 16 presidential race would see President Buhari of the APC, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and other aspirants slugging it out for the country’s number one seat on Saturday.