AD Presidential Candidate Steps Down, Backs Buhari

Rafiu-SalauWith the general elections slated to kick off in less than 24 hours, presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Rafiu Salau, has withdrawn from the race.

He announced his decision at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday night.

Salau said the AD had adopted the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as its candidate for Saturday’s presidential election.

The AD flag bearer explained that experience had shown that strong democracies were built with two strong political parties vying for power.

He said, “All of you, the 68 million voters, should vote for Gen. Buhari the candidate of the democrats, who will bring change. Vote APC. Show the world that you are in control of your democracy.

“You need to emulate the people of the developed democracy of the US and UK. The development of the two countries is because the people of the countries have total control of their democracy.

“No matter how good the performance of one party system, it cannot perform up to 10 per cent of a democratic system with at least two strong parties that give the people the opportunity to control their democracy”.

Salau also pointed out that Nigerians had had enough of one party rule with the Peoples Democratic Party at the helm of affairs, urging the people to come out en mass and vote on Election Day.

Deputy Governor of Ondo