A third governorship aspirant has stepped down in Ondo state head of Saturday’s primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Derin Adesida said on Friday that he has decided to endorse Segun Abraham, who is the preferred candidate of a national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu.
Adesida, a former House of Representatives lawmaker between 2007 and 2011, joins two others – Akinnola Akinyinka and Dr Paul Akintelure – who also dropped their ambitions in order to support Abraham.
“Stepping down from the race is to allow for the process to present our candidate to be less stressful. While I know that some of my delegates who are battle ready to see that we clinch this ticket may be disappointed, I want to implore them to understand that party interest must override our personal ambitions,” Adesida said in a statement signed by head of media and Publicity of Derin Adesida Campaign Organisation (DACO), Mr. Adeyemi Lebimoyo.
Adesida said that “clustered aspirations may hinder our party from taking over the Alagbaka government house.”
With the withdrawal of Adesida, Akinyinka and Akintelure, 21 candidates now remain to slug it out on Saturday at the primary to be conducted by the APC electoral committee headed by Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar.