With just two days to the presidential elections, 12 presidential candidates under various parties have stepped down from the race and endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Backstory: The coalition, Forum of Presidential Candidates and Political Parties for Good Governance, was welcomed by the President at the State House in Abuja on Thursday.
Speaking on behalf of the forum, its Chairman, Shitu Mohammed Kabir, MON, who is the flag bearer of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), explained that members of the forum had made the decision to individually back out of the elections to support President Buhari because of his administration’s achievements in areas such as economy, security, fighting corruption, infrastructure among many others.
“Nigerian political landscape is taking a new dimension…As a group of political parties committed to the realization of a new Nigeria, we identify with these laudable feats of the President, which are in proximity with ours, as exemplified in our manifestoes. We, therefore, wish to support President Buhari’s candidacy in the coming election, and direct all our teeming members across the length and breadth of Nigeria to go out in their numbers, to vote for APC candidates, Muhammadu Buhari/Yemi Osinbajo, in the coming election.”
Buhari Expresses Appreciation: “I am overwhelmed by your patriotism. The least you could do was to deny me votes in your immediate constituencies. However much your people loved me, they would have voted for their own first. I am really overwhelmed by your support,” he said.
Thanking members of the forum for understanding the core motivations of his administration namely: securing the country, reviving the economy and fighting corruption, the president blamed the People’s Democratic Party, for mismanaging the country during its 16 year tenure.
List of Candidates: Other members of the forum, according to a statement released by the presidency, include: Ikechukwu Nwaokafor (Advance Congress of Democrats), Kenneth Ibe Kalu (United Peoples Congress), Comrade Isiyaka Paul Femili (Nigeria Element Progressive Party), Robinson Akpu (National Democratic Liberty Party), Alista Soyode (Yes Party), Charles Ogbali (Advanced Nigeria Democratic Paty) and Hon. Edozie Madu (Independent Democrats).
Others include: Danjuma Mohammed (Movement for Restoration & Defence of Democracy), Ahmed Buhari (Save Nigeria Party), Isah Dansaki (Mass Movement of Nigeria) and Yusuf Dantalle (Allied Peoples Movement).