PDP Presidential ticket: Balewa’s son steps down for Jonathan

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Son of Nigeria’s late Prime Minister and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa, has stepped down for President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a dramatic move, Balewa, who participated in the presidential screening exercise at the party’s secretariat on Wednesday, decided to withdraw from the race after he had gone through the screening exercise.

“I have decided to withdraw my aspiration for the strength and well being of the party. I am a strong PDP member and I will continue to work for the progress of the party,” Balewa announced.

The chairman of the screening committee, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, who had earlier announced Balewa’s decision to withdraw from the race, commended the aspirant’s decision.

Ali said: “After going through 90 minutes that the screening exercise lasted, he came to the conclusion that he wanted to withdraw from the race.

“He has promised to do everything to ensure the success of the party at the poll. We commend him for the decision, although he chose to go through the entire process of screening before deciding to withdraw.”

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