The presidential candidate of the National Interest Party (NIP) Eunice Atuejide has quit the race in favour of her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar.
She is the second female candidate to quit the race after Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) quit following irreconcilable differences with the party’s leaders.
Atuejide, in a statement on her twitter handle, explained she was backing Atiku because of his choice of former Anambra governor, Peter Obi as his running mate.
She said: “I choose to fight for the benefit of every Nigerian on the side of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. 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.
“Plus, whether we call them PDP, APC, PPA, ANN, YPP, or NIP, we are all the same people moving from one political platform to the other in search of a place to speak out and be heard.
“To my mind, the political party platform is not the real issue nonetheless it’s either Alhaji Atiku Abubakar under the PDP or President Buhari under the APC this time.
“I make bold to state unequivocally that I stand with Atiku under the PDP this time.
“Mr Abubakar picked an amazing VP. In fact, even though I have never met or spoken to Peter Obi, it is thanks to him that I am today the Founder and National Chairman of a youth-led, digitally organised political party (NIP).
“His exemplary leadership as Governor of Anambra State led me and several of my team members to politics.”