APC Chairmanship: Emokpaire Steps Down For Oshiomhole
Chief Ibrahim Emokpaire has, on Tuesday, stepped down for the former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, for the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairmanship tussle.
Chief Emokpaire announced his withdrawal from the race a news conference in Abuja ahead of the party National Convention coming up on June 23.
Citing reasons for his withdrawal, Emokpaire said his decision was to enhance loyalty and party discipline.
He also said he took the decision to withdraw from the race after due consultations with members of his family, political associates, leaders of the party and his admirers.
He said: “As a loyal party member, I decided to withdraw my nomination in order to unite our party and join forces with our amiable leader, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle, former Edo Governor, to move the party forward.
“I have invited you to inform you of my resolution to put behind me my aspiration to contest for the position of the National Chairmanship of our great party, the APC.
“I regret, therefore, to inform my teeming supporters that following my recent round of consultations with governors, members of the National Assembly and their counselling, I have decided to discontinue the aspiration.
“I am aware of how much of a disappointment this would be to many people, but I assure you that this decision has been taken in deference to the wise counsel received in the course of consultations,” he stated.
Emokpaire said he had presented his notice of withdrawal of his candidature to the chairman of the party’s National Convention Committee.
He appreciated his supporters in the country and in the Diaspora for the support.
He also urged them to continue to believe in APC’s capacity to turn things around for better in the country.
With the latest withdrawal of Emokpaire, the tussle is left between Oshiomhole, Prof. Osarheime Osunbor and Clement Ebiri.
Recently, the incumbent chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun also withdrew from the contest after pressure from the party hierarchy.
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