Jigawa State governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has announced his withdrawal from the presidential primary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
His media aide, Auwalu Sankara, said his principals decision followed his great concern for national interest
The governor was one of 13th presidential aspirants cleared by the screening committee of the party.
His withdrawal was confirmed in a communiqué of the meeting of 11 norhern APC governors who met in Abuja on Saturday.
It reads: “We therefore wish to strongly recommend to President Muhammadu Buhari that the search for a successor as the APC’s presidential candidate be limited to our compatriots from the southern states.
” We appeal to all aspirants from the northern states to withdraw in the national interest and allow only the aspirants from the south to proceed to the primaries.
”We are delighted by the decision of our esteemed colleague, His Excellency, Governor Abubakar Badaru to contribute to this patriotic quest by withdrawing his presidential aspiration.
” The APC has a duty to ensure that the 2023 elections offer a nation-building moment, reaffirming that a democratic pathway to power exists for all who value cooperation and build national platforms.
” This moment calls for the most sober and inclusive approach to selecting our party’s candidate, and we call on all APC leaders to fulfil their responsibility in this regard.”