Why I Dropped My Presidential Ambition – Saraki

Senator Bukola Saraki has dropped his bid for the presidency in 2015 in the interest of the country and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki, in a statement yesterday, “though my presidential interest has sparked widespread excitement across the country and has received major supports from key stakeholders and youth groups based on my leadership profile, characterized by infrastructural development, economic growth and striving social wellbeing; I decided to step down my ambition because, Nigeria’s political outlook for 2015 is very complicated and this is the time for every patriotic politician to situate his personal ambition in the context of the country’s overall interest,” the statement read.

Saraki stated further that “party primaries in any healthy democracy would always leave several contenders disappointed and, sometimes bitter, as there would be only one winner.

“The party would then invest so much energy and time afterwards managing and reconciling various interests.I don’t think our party can afford too much internal rancour going into next year’s election. I, therefore, think some of us need to make the sacrifice and be part of the solution rather than part of the problem of the party.” 

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