Barely 10 days to the National Convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the chairmanship aspirants, Chief Ibrahim Emokpaire, has withdrawn his ambition, even as he directed his supporters to vote for former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole.
Emorkoaire said he took the decision after due consultations with members of his family, political associates, leaders of the party and admirers.
Addressing a press conference Tuesday in Abuja, the Edo born politician declared that as a loyal party member, he decided to withdraw his nomination “in order to unite our party and join forces with our amiable leader, His Excellency, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to move our party forward.”
Emokpaire said he has presented his notice of withdrawal to the chairman of the convention committee on Monday evening.
“I have invited you to this press conference today to unveil my resolution to put behind me my aspiration to contest for the position of the National Chairmanship of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.
“I regret therefore, to informing my teeming supporters; that following my recent round of consultations with governors, members of the National Assembly and their counsel, I have decided to discontinue with the aspiration to stand election for the National Chairman of our great party.
“I am aware of how much of a disappointment this would be to many, but I assure you this decision has been taken in deference to the wise counsel received in the course of consultations from some of the most respected stakeholders in and outside of our party whose input in the matter could not be ignored.”
He also declared that he was not forced to withdraw out of timidity or threat, “but rather to enhance party discipline and loyalty at all times.”
While appreciating his supporters in Nigeria and diaspora, Emokpaire urged them to believe the more in the capacity of APC to turn things around in Nigeria.