Friday, November 14, 2014

Tafawa Balewa's son denies stepping down for President Jonathan, says he'll contest and win PDP presidential ticket

Dr. Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa

Dr. Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa, who is a son of the late Prime Minister of Nigeria, Tafawa Balewa, has denied stepping out of the 2015 presidential race, promising that he will challenge President Goodluck Jonathan for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The aspirant who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Friday when he returned his presidential nomination and expression of interest forms to the office of the National Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, said he had filled the forms and was sure of defeating President Jonathan, adding that the President has refused to do some basic things needed to benefit the lives of ordinary Nigerians.

He said it was true that he visited the home of a foremost Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark in Abuja on November 6, where he claimed he was steeping down for the President.

Tafawa Balewa said that it was because of the respect he had for the former minister of information that made him to concur with all he said concerning his alleged withdrawing from the race for the President.

He said, "I'm here to submit my form for the presidential race. Did I ever tell anyone that I have withdrawn from the race? I went to the house of Clark for another thing and he said another thing during his press conference. It was Clark who said I was withdrawing. We need a change as too many people are suffering and are in poverty

"I never withdrew from the race. There was no agreement with anyone that I was doing so. But I said that I agree to everything Edwin Clark said. I never, ever said I was withdrawing.

"I didn't know that there would be journalists waiting for me at Edwin Clark's house. I only went there to see him. I'm not working for any tribe or individuals. I'm genuinely in the race."

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