The presidential candidate of the Sustainable National Party (SNP), Ahmed Buhari, has withdrawn from the Saturday’s presidential election.
Buhari, who made this known on Thursday during an interview with Sunrise Daily, said his decision to step down is necessitated in order to fully support the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He pointed out that president Buhari deserves a second tenure having made some gains in the last four years he took over power, adding that he is the right man for the job.
He however, blamed his withdrawal from the race on lack of resources to compete with the candidates of APC and PDP, accusing Nigerian youths for not backing young persons for the presidency.
Meanwhile, his running mate Kingsley Nwagu has disassociated himself from his decision to withdraw from the race, saying that Ahmed Buhari acted on his own.
“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.