Professor Akolisa Nnanyelugo Ufodike, a governorship aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra state today withdrew from the race.
Announcing his withdrawal today in Nnewi, Ufodike stated he is throwing in the towel to respect the party’s decision to zone the governorship position to the Anambra North Senatorial Zone.
With Ufodike’s withdrawal, the Peoples Democratic Party now has a former minister of aviation, Stella Oduah, Dr. Alex Obiogolu, Prince John Okechukwu Emeka and Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu in the contest.
Others are business mogul, Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, and Oseloka Henry Obaze.
Of the lot, only Ifeanyi Ubah is not from the Anambra North in complete disregard of the party’s zoning formula.
In a press statement announcing his withdrawal, Ufodike stated:
“Today I will be ending my race to become my party’s flag bearer in the coming elections.
“The last few months have been the most exciting of my life. I traversed the state and learnt first hand from people what the most pertinent issues affecting their lives daily were.
“I also spent a significant amount of time discussing my candidacy within party ranks just as I did with the broader populace.
My conversations with potential delegates made it clear that they believe it’s crucial for us to be extremely competitive in Anambra North Senatorial Zone in order for us to be successful in the general elections.
“I agree with this strategy and it’s merits which is why in the interest of cohesiveness I will be ending my race today.
“Let me reiterate something I’ve said on several occasions, I will support the candidate that emerges as the choice of our party delegates come Monday and implore others in the race to do so once it’s concluded decisively.
“This is not the time to split ranks if we are to defeat Governor Willie Obiano in the general elections. There’s is dissatisfaction in the land that we can harness to our advantage, but we need to be united as a party to do so.
“The PDP will ensure that security and personal safety return to Anambra state. We recognise that commercial activity and every other element of our civil society depends on how our people feel about their safety.
“We will revive education in Anambra state from the comatose state it’s currently in.
“As a young kid, I applied to and was accepted to DMGS Onitsha but eventually choose to attend NMS Zaria. Both of these heritage schools are public institutions and being a product of the public education system was a thing of pride.
“I, as a product of the public school system aspired to and did successfully earn a post graduate degree from Cornell Univrrsity – an IVY league school.
“Sadly I don’t think Anambra youth can confidently have those same aspirations given the current state of education in the state.
“The PDP will restore public education in Anambra to its previous state of excellence and give our youth the foundation they need to be successful in their careers and life.
“Security, education and youth development were at the core of my candidacy and all three are shared values of the PDP and will therefore be handled differently with better outcomes under a PDP government in Anambra state.
“Thank you and God bless Anambra State”.