A former Minister for Special Duties Tanimu Turaki has reportedly stepped down from the Presidential race of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), asking delegates to vote for Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President.
AN24 reports that Turaki was one of the 13 aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket at the PDP convention ongoing at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
On why delegates should vote for Saraki, the former minister said only him and the Senate President possess the pedigree, competence and character to solve Nigeria’s problems.
Turaki said, should the delegates reject him, that they should, however, not hesitate to vote for Saraki whom he said is his brother.
According to him, “People have been arguing that there are a lot of presidential aspirants in PDP and people are laying ambush, thinking that this election process will create a lot of problems that they could benefit from.
“And all of us are speaking to ourselves as speaking to each other and we agree that anybody who gets the ticket among us, that others will line up behind him.
“Both of us have experience. Both of us have knowledge and integrity. “Both of us have character and both of us have that competence. And when you look at our antecedents, our backgrounds, our pedigree, it’s impeccable.
”So I say to Nigerians, particularly PDP delegates, for if for whatever reasons you don’t want me, take Abubakar Bukola Saraki as my brother.
“I believe that between the two of us, that the problems of Nigeria will be solved decisively,” he concluded.