Friday, November 7, 2014

Tafawa Balewa withdraws from PDP presidential race

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, AbdulJelili Tafawa Balewa, on Thursday announced that he will no longer challenge President Goodluck Jonathan for the party's ticket.

Balewa announced his withdrawal from the presidential race at a press conference organised by the Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark.

Apart from withdrawing from the presidential race, he pledged his support for the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan.

It would be recalled that the son of a former Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, had paid the mandatory N22m to the party but was denied the party's nomination form when he approached its leadership.

He was told that the party printed only one nomination form and that the form was meant for Jonathan, who had been endorsed as the sole presidential candidate of the party by its National Executive Committee.

According to Clark, "I wish to inform you that I have succeeded in intervening to make peace between two of my sons, Balewa and Jonathan."

"In deference to their old ties, Dr. Jhalil, has formally withdrawn his aspiration to contest the presidential election in the 2015 general elections."

On the fee paid for the expression of interest form by Balewa, Clark said it was a sacrifice for friendship.

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