Speaker of the House of Repre sentatives, Aminu Tambuwal, yesterday confirmed his withdrawal from the presidential race.
Tambuwal, in an issued statement, said that he was standing down for the “unity” of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and that he will support other aspirants seeking the party’s ticket.
Peoples daily had yesterday reported that the sources close to the Speaker had hinted that he was withdrawing from the race despite pressure on him to go ahead and contest the 2015 presidential election.
According to Tambuwal, “I have carefully considered the concerns expressed by some of our leaders, whom I deeply respect and whose support and counsel I enjoy, to the effect that my entry into the presidential race at this point may necessitate having to rework some equations on the political chessboard of the party.
“Having consulted widely, taking into consideration the concerns of some elders of the party, I have decided to suspend my participation in the presidential contest for now. I have done so as a sacrifice for the cohesion and unity of the APC”.