The coast seems clearer for an emergence of an aspirant of Edo state extraction as Emokpaire Ibrahim, withdraws from the contest of All Progressives Congress (APC),national chairmanship position.
The party has zoned the position to the South-south where the incumbent, John Odigie-Oyegun, comes from. Mr Odigie-Oyegun, however, is not seeking reelection.
Mr Emokpaire had on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from the race at his campaign office in Abuja.
According to him, a letter to the chairman of the convention committee, Badaru Abubakar, has been submitted indicating his decision to pull out of the race.
The election will hold on June 23 when the party holds its National Convention.
Mr Emokpaire had joined two former governors, Adams Oshiomhole (Edo) and Clement Ebri (Cross River), in the race when he declared his intention on May 28 and picked the nomination form on June 5.
He said his decision was borne out of consultation, saying even though he understood it will be disappointing for his supporters, he believed it is for the good and unity of the party.
“I regret, therefore, to inform my teeming supporters that following my recent rounds of consultation 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 the APC.
“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 consultation.
“I have decided as a loyal party member and a leader of our great party to withdraw my nomination in order to unite our party and join forces with our amiable leader, Adams Oshiomhole, to move the party forward.”said Emokpaired