The New Nigeria People’s Party has called on the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his All Progressive Congress counterpart, Bola Tinubu, to withdraw from next month’s presidential election.

The move, the party claimed, had become imperative following accusations of drug trafficking and corruption leveled against both candidates, respectively.

In a statement signed by NNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Agbo Major, said his withdrawal from the race would give them enough time to respond to the charges brought against them in court.

The statement read: “Nigeria has been ridiculed and discredited before the committee of nations over allegations of high-level corruption and drug trafficking against Atiku and Tinubu. He who goes to equity must come with clean hands.

“NNPP demands the immediate withdrawal of both presidential candidates to answer the charges brought against them in court. Justice is juxtaposed so that they continue in the presidential race with strong accusations of irregularities on their shoulders. It is a moral burden for the two candidates to continue in this race at a time when Nigerians are looking for younger, immaculate leaders. There is no moral justification for Atiku and Tinubu to strive to rule the nation until the court decides their fates one way or the other. National interest supersedes self-interest, aggrandizement, and greatness in the pursuit of a better, larger, progressive, equitable, and just democratic nation.

“Nigerians are tired of recycled politicians who have numerous cases of corruption, drugs, birth/education certificates, health and questionable sources of wealth. Citizens want men and women of integrity, visionaries, determined, resourceful, dynamic and transformational leaders who lead them to a new and better Nigeria that we all want and deserve.

“Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is the man of the hour to give Nigerians a new lease on life after years of wandering in the political wilderness of the oppressive APC and PDP regimes.

“Eligible Nigerians should pick up their PVCs and let their voices be heard loud and clear in the upcoming elections.”