Former Kwara State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Bukola Saraki, yesterday announced the suspension of his bid for the presidency in 2015.
In a statement, Senator Saraki said he stepped down from the race 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.”
He declared that party primaries in any healthy democracy would always leave several contenders disappointed and, sometimes bitter, as there would be only one winner.
According to him, “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.
Senator Saraki recalled how he, along with other aggrieved members in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decided to leave the ruling party to form the APC.
“I have always maintained that I did not leave the ruling party to join the opposition because of any personal interest. Anyone who understands Nigeria’s politics would know that it takes courage and self-sacrifice to do that. Therefore, whether it is on the issue of the party or all other issues that I have been pushing in my position as a Senator of the Federal Republic, I have been driven primarily by my desire to see a better and more purposely governed country.”
He said Nigeria desperately needs change, adding that, “We need to change the way the country is run, we need change in our security and the values we place on human life, we need to change the current disgraceful situation in security and corruption. And I believe only the APC can bring about this change and give our country the leadership it deserves.”
source : (Daily Times)