2 Presidential Candidates Step down for Atiku

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Ahead of the Saturday presidential election, two presidential candidates, Dr. Nicolas Felix and Barrister Chuks Nwachukwu, presidential candidates of the Peoples Coalition Party (PCP) and the All Grassroots Alliance (AGA) respectively, have dropped out of the race in support of the candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

They announced their endorsement of Atiku at a press conference in Abuja Tuesday, stating that the former Vice President had demonstrated sufficient willingness to address the multi-faceted challenges facing the nation.

The two candidates said that they resolved to work with Atiku after getting the permission of their teeming supporters to do so.

The PCP candidate said Atiku if elected would bring the nation back on its feet, saying of all the candidates, he has what it takes to make a positive difference in the lives of Nigerians if given the opportunity.

“I have been able to identify amongst my fellow presidential candidates a man of undeniable political and business exploits whose track records and ideals align vividly to what we believe in, to make Nigeria work again’’, he stated.

“Therefore, considering specific political parameters involved in our fight against nepotism, injustice, abuse of the rule of law, as well as economic decline, we must take a stand in the general election. Today as presidential candidates we are joining the team of progressive to do the needful for the development of Nigeria as a nation.

“After careful consideration and several meetings among some presidential candidates, I Dr. Nicolas Felix, the presidential candidate of Peoples Coalition Party, PCP, together with Barrister Chucks Nwachuku, the Presidential Candidate of All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), are officially and enthusiastically declaring our support for the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.’’

Urging all his supporters and millions of youths across the country, as they go to the polls, to vote for Atiku, Felix said that what motivated him to drop out of the race, was borne of the need for a great Nigeria for all.

On his part, Nwachukwu questioned the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, stressing that in the guise of an anti-corruption fight, the nation had been subjected to democratic infractions in the past four years.

“As has been the case throughout our history, in the name of fighting corruption; we have been served in the past four years, like prisoners in our land, the odious meal of destruction of our institutions through nepotism and inflection of institutional culture to achieve narrow, malicious ends.

‘’The judiciary, the most sacred of our institutions, has been the latest victim – stripped naked of its dignity and self-confidence in the market square,” he stated.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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