Abuja - The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology and a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bukola Saraki, explained the decision to halt his 2015 presidential election.
“After months of wide but careful deliberations and consultations with my family, friends, political associates and supporters, today, I am announcing the suspension of my presidential bid in the interest of our country and party,” he said.
The lawmaker said he was humbled with the reaction that followed his interest in the presidency especially from youths and stakeholders across all geo-political zones.
“As it stands, I have been deeply humbled by the spark that my prospective candidacy has ignited among Nigerians across Nigeria and abroad. Young people, youth groups, and stakeholders from all geo-political zones have sought the change that they wish to see," he said.
"These young people by their overwhelming support have not only encouraged my candidacy, they have endorsed the change that they desperately crave.”
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He added that it was time for well-meaning Nigerians from all works of life to fall in line and become rank-and-file soldiers in the struggle to reclaim the nation.
“I have always maintained that I did not leave the ruling party for the opposition because of any personal interest. Anyone who understands Nigerian politics would know that it takes serious courage, rugged doggedness and self-sacrifice to do that," Saraki said.
"Therefore, whether it is on the issue of the party or all other issues that I have been pushing in my position as a Senator of the Federal Republic, the primal purpose that drives me is the desire to see a better and more purposely governed Nigeria.”
The lawmaker said fixing Nigeria could not be done by any an individual effort, because such was an assignment that went beyond the power of any individual or party.
“It is beyond individual’s ambition and zeal. Fixing a nation like Nigeria with daunting challenges that have accumulated over the years will take a combined effort.
"Due to this, I believe that as we move forward to the next elections, now is the time for every patriotic Nigerian, particularly those in the political terrain to base their ambitions and interest in the context of the country's overall interest.”
- CAJ News