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Tafawa-Balewa withdraws from PDP presidential race

07 November 2014, 11:21

Abuja - A presidential aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, on Thursday made a U-turn and said he is no longer interested in challenging President Goodluck Jonathan for the party’s ticket, reports Thisday.

Tafawa-Balewa’s ambition had caused some upheavals following the decision of the party’s leaders to adopt President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election.

Also read: Son of former Nigerian PM blocked for presidency bid

Tafawa-Balewa, who is the son of a former Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, announced his withdrawal from the presidential race at a press conference organised by the Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark.

He promised to support the candidacy of Jonathan for the party’s sole ticket.

Tafawa-Balewa had earlier paid the mandatory N22 million fee for the party's nomination form but was denied the form.

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