The Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, on Saturday pulled out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential race.
The development came just a few minutes after the APC governors from the North declared their support for the South to produce the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.
They asked all the APC presidential aspirants from the north to withdraw from the race in the national interest.
The party had on Friday cleared 13 aspirants for the presidential primary slated for Monday in Abuja.
In a statement in Abuja, the governor said he withdrew from the race to contribute to the “patriotic quest” of producing a quality candidate for the APC ahead of next year’s election.