2019: I'm no longer interested in the presidential race, says Mohammed as he steps down as Duke's running mate

Vice Presidential candidate to Mr. Donald Duke, Junaid Mohammed, said he is no longer interested in the race and has quit.

Duke, and Mohammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, are presidential and vice presidential candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

But Mohammed, one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s fiercest critics, according to Punch, said he was no longer interested in the race to become vice president to Duke due to the many disturbing issues in the SDP.

Mohammed also said he was resigning as the deputy national chairman of the SDP and had written letters to the chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae; and Duke to that effect.

“It is true. I stepped down a while ago because of the many hassles. I also resigned as deputy national chairman. I have written to Chief Olu Falae and Mr. Donald Duke. However, I have not resigned from the party,” Mohammed was quoted as saying.

On whether he will now support President Buhari, the Kano State politician said he would “never do such.”

Meanwhile, Duke has also like other presidential candidates signed the 2019 peace accord.

Duke appended his signature on Thursday at the Kukah Centre, Abuja, two days after the signing event took place in Abuja.

Duke, was among the presidential candidates who stayed away from signing the agreement with the National Peace Committee, chaired by the former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar on Tuesday in Abuja.

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and that of the Action Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, who also stayed away from signing the agreement on Tuesday, had since Wednesday appended their signatures.

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Joining others to sign the agreement on Tuesday, Duke, a former Cross River State governor said, “The peace accord is necessary. It is one of the fundamental thing to do. You can’t have elections of violence. INEC must do the right thing by increasing voter’s education.”

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