Eunice Atuejide, presidential candidate of the National Interest Party (NIP), has withdrawn from the presidential race.
In a statement she released on Wednesday, she said her decision to stepped down from the election was because her race for the presidency was programmed to end on February 16 “and it did.”
However, she declared her support for Atiku Abubakar to put Nigeria first.
“I believe strongly that a Nigeria led by Atiku Abubakar will drastically reduce the suffering we have all endured under the President Buhari-led maladministration.
“I believe we will come out of the bottom pile of all human development indices, particularly the crown of being the poverty capital of the world.
“I believe there will be respect for human life, less nepotism, tribalism, religious fanaticism, insensitivity and outright disregard for the wishes of the Nigerian people.
“I strongly believe more competent Nigerians will be brought together from different places of origin, religions, creed, gender, age, background etc., to form the Atiku Abubakar-led government.
“I believe he would select that government to include the best Nigerians from every corner of the country.
“I believe it will be a government of national unity, and for all these reasons and many more I cannot state, I enjoin all Nigerians of voting age with Permanent Voters Cards to please join me and all of mine to vote for Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the PDP.
“I make bold to state unequivocally that I stand with Atiku under the PDP this time. I cannot defend PDP for giving us bad leadership from 1999 to 2015, yet I cannot help but blame the APC for doing a much worse job from 2015 to 2019.
“So my people, having committed to always put Nigeria first, having gotten to know most of the candidates vying for the Presidency in 2019 one on one, having investigated most of them independently, and having seriously considered the inherent dangers in allowing the incompetence of President Buhari to continue, I choose to fight for the benefit of every Nigerian on the side of Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of PDP,” the statement read