2023 Presidency: Badaru Speaks On Stepping Down For Tinubu, Osinbajo

Presidential hopeful and Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru has denied stepping for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The governor also refuted claims that he had withdrawn from the Presidential race for Vice President and fellow contender, Yemi Osinbajo.

Naija News reports that the governor made the disclosure in a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Auwal Sankara in Abuja.

Reacting to the screening exercise, Badaru expressed satisfaction with the process and the relevant questions asked by the APC Presidential Screening Committee.

The presidential hopeful said his attendance at the screening exercise shows that he had not stepped down for any aspirant.

Badaru said he is hopeful he will clinch the party ticket due to the massive support he is garnering from the party faithful, supporters and relevant stakeholders in the country.

He listed the issues raised by the panel to include verification of his membership, financial status, academic credentials, and other requirements for a presidential candidate as stipulated in the Nigerian Constitution.

Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared support for the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Naija News reports that Wike had refused to congratulate Atiku after the primary, unlike other PDP aspirants who sent messages to the former Vice President.

Atiku had on Monday met with Wike as part of the reconciliation move for the party, to give the PDP a better chance in the 2023 presidential election against the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The reconciliation meeting was also attended by former Ekiti State Governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Ayodele Fayose, amongst other PDP chieftains.

Shortly after meeting with Atiku, Wike in a post on his Twitter page vowed not to abandon the PDP, “we will be fully supporting Atiku,” the governor added.

He recalled that he made a vow to the main opposition party that he will support whoever emerges from the PDP presidential primaries.

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