[UPDATED] Akpabio, Amosun, Fayemi, Three Others Step Down For Bola Tinubu
A presidential hopeful of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday secured the support of some of his fellow aspirants to get the party’s ticket as they took turns to announce that they were stepping down for him.
These aspirants later beckoned on their teeming supporters who stormed the venue of the APC presidential primary to vote for Tinubu when it was time for the election.
First of the presidential aspirants to announce his withdrawal from the primary to support his co-contender in the race was Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Senator Akpabio, who recently resigned his appointment as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, announced his withdrawal on Tuesday in Abuja.
He explained that he took the decision to step down for the APC chieftain in the interest of the party and the nation, and asked his supporters to pitch their tents with the former Lagos State governor.
The former minister was addressing a crowd of APC faithful comprising party leaders, delegates, and other supporters at the Eagle Square, the venue of the presidential convention in the nation’s capital.
Similarly, five other aspirants mounted the podium to announce their withdrawal from the contest for the APC presidential ticket and subsequent support for Tinubu.
They are former governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa; and Senator Ajayi Boroffice.
Akpabio Steps Down
I am ably qualified to be your President. But I have stepped down for Bola Ahmed Tinubu. – Godswill Akpabio#APCPresidentialPrimaries#APCSpecialConvention
Amosun Steps Down
In the spirit of consensus building, I have stepped down for Bola Ahmed Tinubu – Ibikunle Amosun#APCPresidentialPrimaries#APCSpecialConvention
Fayemi Steps Down
It is only in unity and cohesion that we can meet our manifest destiny. I am stepping down for Bola Ahmed Tinubu. – Kayode Fayemi#APCPresidentialPrimaries#APCSpecialConvention
Bankole Steps Down
I will like to step down for Bola Ahmed Tinubu – Dimeji Bankole#APCPresidentialPrimaries#APCSpecialConvention
Badaru Steps Down
I want to reconfirm my withdrawal from this race and support our leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu – Mohammed Badaru Abubakar#APCPresidentialPrimaries#APCSpecialConvention
Boroffice Steps Down
I am stepping down for Bola Ahmed Tinubu – Ajayi Boroffice#APCPresidentialPrimaries#APCSpecialConvention