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Ize-Iyamu withdraws from Edo APC governorship race

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Twenty-four hours into the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect its flag bearer for the September governorship election in Edo state, one of the aspirants, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has withdrawn from the race.

In a statement made available to reporters on Friday, February 16, Ize-Iyamu stated reasons for withdrawing from the race.

The withdrawal notice was addressed to Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the party’s national chairman, and Emperor Jarrett Tenebe, the Acting State Chairman.

The statement reads: “A few months ago, after extensively interacting with family, friends, political associates, and supporters, I joined the 2024 Edo state gubernatorial race as a result of my passion and commitment to the cause of rescuing Edo state from the current condition of decrepitude.

“I entered the contest as a progressive democrat, with an open mind to keenly contest and accept the result of a process that is fair, credible and transparent. I appreciate the commended effort made by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC to correct the erroneous impression maliciously created by certain persons that some aspirants, including myself, had been disqualified from the gubernatorial contest. The NWC constituted the authentic screening committee, and all twelve aspirants who purchased and completed the nomination forms were successfully screened and subsequently issued clearance certificates. This step was praise worthy and helped in restoring our integrity in the eyes of the public.

“Having been cleared to contest, I regrettably wish to announce my withdrawal from the race. Although painful, this decision has become imperative after an exhaustive consultation with my family, friends, political associates and supporters. I make this sacrifice in the interest of the peace and unity that the party desperately requires at both state and national levels.

“I humbly appeal to the good people of Edo state to accept my decision, which is very personal, and I promise to be there for them at all times.

“Thankfully, I acknowledge the fatherly role of President Bola Tinubu, GCFR, as well as the party’s national leadership for the fairness and commitment to the democratic process. Likewise, I remain grateful to the state working committee for their principled stand to allow a level playing field for all aspirants. I am extremely appreciative to my family, friends, supporters, well-wishers, and the extraordinary, hardworking men and women of our campaign organisation who were prepared to stop at nothing to see me fly the party’s flag. I salute your great works, your steadfastness and your courage.

“Finally, as a loyal party man, I wish to pledge that I and my teeming supporters shall support any candidate that emerges in the primary election holding tomorrow.”

 

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