SOKOTO State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has disclosed why he stepped down for Atiku Abubakar at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary in Abuja last weekend.
The governor, who was also a presidential aspirant on the platform of the party before suddenly withdrawing for the former Vice President, said it was a sacrifice for Nigeria as a country and Nigerians as a people.
Tambuwal, at the convention last Saturday, withdrew from the race and asked his supporters to vote for Atiku.
While withdrawing from the race, Tambuwal said, “Those who are delegates here should vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar”.
The governor stated his reason for stepping down while addressing a crowd who gave him a heroic welcome back to Sokoto on Friday after arriving from Abuja.
Tambuwal said, “Thank you very much, our leaders and distinguished supporters from all over the country, for your support and cooperation. I must thank the leaders of our party here at the Sokoto State level and every level.
“What we have done is for the good of our party and the country. I appreciate every one of you that prayed for me and our party. The sacrifice that I have made on your behalf is aimed at strengthening our party, our democracy, and, by the grace of God, soft landing our polity.
“This is in consonance with the teachings of our leaders and the [emulation] of the examples they have given to us in the past: that we must continue to make a sacrifice for the good of all of us and our country.”
The governor thanked the people of Sokoto State and all his supporters across the country for their support. He said they should rest assured that he will work assiduously for the victory of the PDP in the 2023 general election.