A national chairmanship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Oserheimen Osunbor has withdrawn from the race and endorsed frontline candidate, Adams Oshiomhole.
Osunbor made this known in a statement on Wednesday, less than four days to the National Elective Convention of the party scheduled to hold on Saturday, June 23.
He said he withdrew from the race out of deference to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former Edo Governor said, “It is common knowledge that I was vying for the position of National Chairman of the APC at the forthcoming national convention for reasons I stated in my release last week.
“However, after extensive discussions and consultations across the various levels in the party and amongst my family, friends and associates, I hereby note that out of respect for Mr. President and other frontline leaders of the party as well as the need to avoid unduly prolonging the voting exercise during the national convention.
“In the interest of a rancour-free national convention and to ease the work of the National Convention Committee and in the overall interest of our party the APC, I have decided to withdraw from the race and also endorse Mr Oshiomhole.
“Accordingly, I hereby withdraw my candidature. I thank all those who have expressed support for my candidature but who may feel disappointed by this development. I crave the understanding of everyone.”